RIP Joe Jamail, possibly the greatest torts lawyer ever

I dunno why I still read Above the Law, because its news about the legal profession is usually so depressing, but that is how I learned that Joe Jamail, billionaire Houston plaintiffs lawyer, had died, aged 90. 

I later found this Texas Monthly profile of Jamail and you cannot help but be inspired by his story — rising from an F in torts in law school to great heights in tort law — and about his big cases, including his famous victory in Pennzoil v. Texaco. This is the way practising law ought to be done — by taking the battle into the courts by going after the bad guys, not sitting there wasting away in an office cranking out billable hours for “The Man.” 

Also, this guy’s career is more proof the legal profession, like most things, is simply bigger in Texas.

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