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Big Dogs

This Chronicle profile of legendary Houston lawyers Joe Jamail and Racehorse Haynes probably isn’t too interesting to anyone but lawyers.

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.”

. . .

In addition to the Baytown train collision case, Haynes has recently taken on the case of an infant injured by a nurse. He also recently said no to professional football player Michael Vick, recalling Foreman once told him to avoid clients who harm dogs or horses.

. . .

“These are the people who put the real imprimatur on the Houston bar as a place where lawyers try cases and don’t just settle them,” Ramsey said. “Joe has extreme emotional intelligence and can read what somebody is not just thinking but what they are feeling and take advantage of it. And Racehorse, his gift is to bring a sense of confidence into the courtroom, he walks in and has the ability to take over.”


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