Joe Jamail, 'King of Torts,' dies

Joe Jamail
Joe Jamail

Joe Jamail, one of the most prolific trial lawyers in U.S. history, died Wednesday at the age of 90, University of Texas officials said.

"It's a loss for the city, the state, the university and everybody that was great friends with him. You go to his office and see the cases he won and all the names," Steve Patterson, the former UT athletic director, told the Austin American-Statesman.

Jamail, a Houston native, was known as the "King of Torts" given his trial record and the amount of money he amassed as an attorney. At the time of his death, his net worth amounted to $1.65 billion, according to Forbes.

In 1985, Jamail won a verdict of $10.53 billion in the Pennzoil v. Texaco trial, still the largest jury award in history.

He was also known for his philanthropic work, having donated over $250 million to different entities around Texas, especially UT.