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The Lee and Joseph D. Jamail Foundation


Last profile update: 02/16/2017
Last grant data update: 07/01/2017

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






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.