Peter C. Blomquist



Peter Blomquist HB Houston

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Peter C. Blomquist is a civil litigator. In addition to commercial disputes of all kinds, Peter routinely handles the defense of large, catastrophic losses on behalf of all sizes of corporations including but not limited to transportation and logistics companies. Peter understands the importance of conducting rapid response pre-litigation activities in these matters, frequently traveling to the scene of accidents and directing investigations from the moment the loss occurs through trial. Peter handles OSHA investigations and provides pre-suit investigative services across the state. Peter is the primary Texas counsel for multiple transportation companies, and he has tried multiple cases to verdict throughout the State of Texas. He also handles a large number of labor and employment cases from inception (filing of EEOC complaint) through litigation. Peter’s practice includes matters involving construction defect litigation, products liability, directors’ and officers’ liability defense, and related fiduciary litigation. He also defends premises liability cases in industrial and routine commercial settings in addition to chemical exposure cases.

Prior to joining Hartline Barger LLP, Peter was a partner at another highly respected Texas firm where he opened and managed their Houston office for 11 years and directed the firm’s Emergency/Rapid Response Team.

Peter is a member of the DRI Trucking Committee as well as a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association, Transportation Lawyers of America, Texas Motor Transportation Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, among others. He is a frequent speaker at client events and seminars and recently lectured on strategic considerations when handling retaliation claims. In 2022 he had the honor of being inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges. ABOTA and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is also a member of the ABOTA Foundation as well as a sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.


  • South Texas College of Law Houston, J.D., 1995
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1991

Bar + Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products & Retail
  • Energy
  • Transportation

Litigation Experience

  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Labor & Employment
  • Insurance Defense
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized among Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (2023)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White, Inc. (2015-2023)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Transportation (2013)
  • Distracted Driving: Policy Changes to Make in Light of FMCSA Texting Ban and How to Use the “Distracted Driver Defense” to your Benefit, co-presented at the American Conference Institute’s 5th National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation, Chicago, Illinois (March 24-25, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Medical Lien Funding and The Impact on The Defense of Personal Injury Claims.” Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting, (October 2015)
  • Speaker, 2nd Annual OneBeacon Insurance Group Texas Claims Handling C.L.E. Seminar (November 2014)
  • Presenter, Winning Strategies for the Retaliation Case. 2013 Labor & Employment Seminar (August 2013)
  • Author, Preparing Your Commercial Driver for Deposition. Defense Research Institute, (March 2013)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - Houston Chapter
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Transportation Lawyers of America (TLA)
  • Texas Motor Transportation Association (TMTA)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute, Transportation Committee (Expert Witness Chair, Trucking Law Committee, 2013-2014; Online Community Co-Vice Chair, 2014)
  • Chair, Houston Bar Association - Lawyers for a Beautiful Houston Committee, 2019-2020
  • State Bar of Texas (Litigation and Construction Law Sections)
  • Houston Bar Association (Litigation and Construction Law Sections, Professionalism Committee, Lawyers Against Waste, and Fun Run Committee)
  • American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Section)
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