A sixth-generation Texan, Dabney Bassel grew up in San Antonio. Consistent with his deep Texas roots, Dabney has spent his life, pursuing an education, starting a legal career, and raising a family in the Lone Star State.


From a young age, Dabney demonstrated a love for learning. He graduated with a degree in History from Trinity University in 1979 before going on to receive his Law Degree from Baylor School of Law in 1982. After school, Dabney began his legal career as a Briefing Attorney for a Justice on the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas. This experience was the first step in a legal career dedicated to appellate practice. Dabney has more than thirty years of experience practicing in state and federal appellate courts. These experiences helped him hone his skills and develop a deep appreciation for the work of the Courts of Appeals. Dabney is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Dabney is a lifelong conservative and an active member of the Republican Party. He has served as a campaign volunteer, an election clerk, an election judge, a member of various committees of the Tarrant County Republican Party, and is the former Vice President of the downtown Fort Worth Republican Forum.

Dabney and his wife Pam have been married for twenty-eight years and have one grown daughter, Katherine. Dabney and Pam now parent three rescue dogs and currently live in Fort Worth. Dabney attends Christ Chapel in Fort Worth.