“The King of Torts,” Joseph Dahr Jamail, Jr., is the richest practicing attorney in the United States of America. A billionaire, he built his practice in Texas on cases of personal injury. He shot to fame in 1987 after representing Pennzoil, which was pitted against another oil company, Texaco.
The famous legal battle was won by Pennzoil (earning US$ 10.5 billion for the oil firm) and Jamail got US$ 345 million in contingency fees. The transcripts of the case were acquired by the Tarlton Law Library in the University of Texas, so that their students could study it.
Jamail studied at St. Thomas High School and at the University of Texas at Austin. He served in the Marine Corps and became a sergeant.
Joe Jamail Family Tree
Read more to get more information about the famous family tree of Joe Jamail.
Joe Jamail Parents – Joseph Jamail and Marie Jamail
Jamail’s parents were Lebanese. His father was a grocer and established the famous Jamail Grocery stores.
Joe Jamail Siblings
Jamail was one of five children born to Joseph and Marie Jamail.
Joe Jamail Spouse – Lee Hage Jamail
Name – Lee Hage Jamail
Born – 1930
On August 28, Jamail married Lee Hage. She died in 2007 at the age of 76 after a long fight with lung cancer. She was a philanthropist in Houston and supported advances in education, art, and healthcare. She donated funds to the University of Texas as well as the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Museum of Fine Arts at Houston, and Baylor College of Medicine.
She was born in Austin to Mitry Kalil and Lily Hage. She attended San Marcos Academy and the University of the Incarnate Word. She did some graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin.
She was a member of the boards of various organizations:
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
- The University of Texas Medical Branch
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Board of Governors of Rice University
Joe Jamail Children – Joseph D. Jamail III, Randall Hage Jamail, Robert Lee Jamail
Not much is known about Jamail’s 3 sons.
Joe Jamail Net Worth
Forbes has estimated that Joe Jamail is worth US$ 1.7 billion, as of December 2014. He is the 362th richest man in the United States of America. He ranks #368 in the Forbes 400 list. He has been placed at #1092 on the Billionaires of the World list. Jamail has primarily earned his living from lawsuits.