Joseph D. Jamail is a graduate of The University of Texas where he received his B.A. in 1950 and LL.B. in 1953. He is the Founder and Owner of the Jamail & Kolius law firm in Houston. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith Jurisprudence Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Houston Texas-EX Association.
Mr. Jamail is most known as the famed trial attorney who won the landmark verdict in the Pennzoil v. Texaco case. He has been lead counsel in over two hundred personal injury cases where recovery, either by verdict or settlement, was in excess of $1 million. Mr. Jamail is an active member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, among many others, and serves as a Life Trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation.
In 1996, he was awarded The University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award and received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from The University of Texas School of Law. In 1993, the Joseph D. Jamail Center for Legal Research was named in his honor at The Law School.