Meet the Barrister – Kevin Baskette

A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer

Lewis Thomason: What was your first job and what did you learn from that experience?
Kevin Baskette: Taking care of my high school’s athletic complex the summer before my freshman year in high school. I can’t offer any inspirational lessons I learned from that job but I did learn some cool things like how to cut patterns in the grass of a baseball field, the best fertilizer for Bermuda, how to work on small engines and how to lay concrete.

Lewis Thomason:  My biggest “pet peeve” is __?
Kevin Baskette: Two pet peeves: Fee slip entries that do not tell the client what was accomplished and people who do not make a fresh pot of coffee after taking the last or second-to-last cup.

Lewis Thomason: What’s the last concert you went to?
Kevin Baskette: Guns N Roses – Not in this Lifetime Tour. Oh yeah! I saw them along with 30,000 other 40 and 50 year-olds reliving their teens.

Lewis Thomason: What is something that is popular now that annoys you?
Kevin Baskette: Twitter.

Lewis Thomason: What is one of the most memorable moments in your life so far?
Kevin Baskette: The easy answer is a three-way tie between my wedding and the births of my daughters. Second place is the last time I duck hunted with my father and his father because there were three generations of Baskette’s in the same duck blind. It was a good hunt but memorable for better reasons.

Lewis Thomason: What book is by your bedside table (or on your e-reader)?
Kevin Baskette: Three at this time: 1) My wife’s Lutheran Study Bible, written by God; 2) Once a Vol, Always a Vol! Written by Gus Manning and Haywood Harris; and 3) Mack’s Prairie Wing’s Catalog, written by Mack.

Lewis Thomason: Where is the best place you have ever visited?
Kevin Baskette: It’s hard to qualify the “best” place but Budapest, Hungary was awfully cool, top to bottom. Disney World is right up there, too.

Lewis Thomason: If you could change careers, what would you choose?
Kevin Baskette: I’d get some outfitter to sponsor me as a professional duck hunter in the winter and tournament fisherman the rest of the year. I might also coach basketball.

Lewis Thomason: What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
Kevin Baskette: See my answer to most memorable moments. Other than that, probably milk. I love milk, especially when it’s so cold it’s nearly frozen.

Lewis Thomason: If you had time for a new hobby or to learn a new skill, what would you choose and why?
Kevin Baskette: Really learn how to play the piano. I’ll never forgive my parents for letting me quit lessons after I griped and complained every time I had to practice. I would like nothing better than to be one of those people who can sit down and play things on the piano from rock and roll to classical music. I basically know chop sticks at this point.

Lewis Thomason: What type of kid were you? (e.g. spoiled, rebellious, well-behaved, quiet, obnoxious…)?
Kevin Baskette: I was generally a good kid but got into and caused a fair amount of trouble. Until I was about 30 years old I was certain my parents thought I was lily white and pure growing up.


Baskette-0644Kevin Baskette is a shareholder in the firm’s Memphis office. He is an experienced trial lawyer who practices in Mississippi and Tennessee in health care liability, construction and transportation law, professional malpractice and products liability defense, and personal injury litigation. Mr. Baskette has successfully tried numerous civil matters to verdict at all trial levels of Mississippi and Tennessee. He practices in the Federal and State courts of both states as well as all appellate levels of Mississippi and Tennessee.


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