Prolific University of Texas donor Joe Jamail, who died Wednesday at 90, was known outside the Forty Acres as a fiery attorney with a flamboyant manner. As a matter of fact, a January profile from Texas Monthly, which has started spreading on social media in the wake of his death, called him “The Greatest Lawyer Who Ever Lived.”
From Texas Monthly:
No lawyer has ever known the kind of success Jamail has. His $10.5 billion verdict in Pennzoil v. Texaco in 1985—still the largest jury award in history—was merely the most famous. He’s had five verdicts for over $100 million and more than two hundred for at least $1 million. Forbes has repeatedly declared him the world’s richest practicing attorney and estimates his net worth at $1.7 billion, a particularly staggering figure when you realize that most of it came from contingency fees from settlements and jury awards. That record has created a mystique around Jamail.Advertisement
The article also touches on, among other things, Jamail’s love of scotch, F-bombs and former UT football coach Mack Brown.
The university itself also paid tribute to Jamail’s courtroom prowess in a video from 2012. Watch for kind words from Brown and Willie Nelson, among others.
(For a look at the saltier side of Jamail, a YouTube video titled “Texas Style Deposition” offers a look at a litigation style that could almost veer into pugilism.)
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