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The Lee and Joseph D. Jamail Foundation

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Last Updated: 2016-02-12

At A Glance

The Lee and Joseph D. Jamail Foundation

(formerly The Joseph D. and Lillie H. Jamail Foundation)

1200 Smith St., Ste. 1135

Houston, TX United States 77002-4592

Telephone: (713) 650-8544

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $2,504,347

Total giving: $1,128,967

EIN

760181247

BRIDGE Number

1638482238

Background

Established in 1986 in TX - Founded by Joseph D. and Lillie H. Jamail. Joseph D. Jamail is a prominent attorney and philanthropist. He is frequently referred to as the "King of Torts" for his ability to win large settlements for his clients and himself. In the early 1970s, he won a half-million-dollar jury award for an electrician who had lost his hands because of a faulty electrical box. It was the first time in American tort law that an individual had received such a verdict and it forever helped change Texas law concerning product liability. In 1985, Mr. Jamail won a lawsuit for Pennzoil against Texaco, his contingency fee was $335 million. He has secured more than two hundred verdicts and settlements in the neighborhood of $13 billion.

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for higher education; funding also for the arts and human services.

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Theater
  • University education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $2,504,347 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,140,342

Total giving: $1,128,967

Qualifying distributions: $1,128,967