[Guest post by DRJ]
I’d pay good money to listen to the tales told by these two legal legends:
“For octogenarian legal legends Richard “Racehorse” Haynes and Joe Jamail, deciding to stop practicing law would be akin to choosing to stop breathing.
“Stop doing what? This is not work,” said Jamail, the cursing, clever, long-ago-dubbed King of Torts. “This makes you feel like you are worth something. We can still do good for others and do good for ourselves. I would wither and die, truthfully. I need to be somewhere where the light’s on me.”
Haynes, the witty and gentlemanly criminal defense lawyer, recalls the prior generation’s legal master Percy Foreman warning him that the law is a jealous mistress “but they don’t explain that the law is a nymphomaniac.”
Jamail has the biggest notch in his belt by winning the $11 billion Texaco-Pennzoil case (his fee was $400 million), when he had already earned the moniker King of Torts. He’s also infamous among lawyers for a deposition posted on the internet in which he used colorful language with the witness and opposing counsel.
Yet I’ve always been fascinated by Racehorse. His career includes not one but two O.J.-caliber murder cases representing Houston Dr. John Hill and Fort Worth oilman T. Cullen Davis, both of which he won against staggering odds.
If you like larger-than-life characters who happen to be lawyers, read and enjoy the linked article on Joe Jamail and Richard Racehorse Haynes.