Texas lawyer, benefactor Joe Jamail passes away

Jacob Martella

Texas lawyer and longtime University benefactor Joe Jamail passed away in Houston on Wednesday morning after complications from pneumonia, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Jamail graduated from the UT School of Law in 1953 but continued to give back to the University. In 2008 he gave $15 million to the University for the law school, nursing school and School of Undergraduate Studies. The football field at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium and the swim center are both named in his honor.

He was also a legend in the courtroom and known for not mincing words. In 1985, he won the largest court settlement in history when he represented Pennzoil against Texaco. He earned an estimated $345 million out of the $10.53 billion settlement.

Jamail was 90 years old. He leaves three children: Robert, Randall and Joseph Jamail III.