John O’Quinn (September 1941 – October 2009)

By Cindy L. Nations

October 30, 2009 – The renowned Plaintiffs’ trial lawyer John O’Quinn was tragically killed in a car accident yesterday morning. Mr. O’Quinn personified the Texas slogan, “Everything is bigger in Texas”. He was a big man with a big personality and when he did something, he did it in a big way. He made the headlines numerous times for winning multi-million dollar lawsuits and for making equally large donations to various organizations. He loved cars and over the years amassed an impressive collection of cars from around the world. His fascination with collecting cars was only surpassed by his passion for practicing law.

John O’Quinn was a great trial lawyer. He had a true desire to achieve justice for his clients. He understood the importance of the jury trial process and when he walked into a courtroom, he made his presence known. He was highly regarded by his colleagues, not only in Texas, but across the country. John O’Quinn inspired many lawyers, from law students to the most seasoned attorneys, with his style, his passion, and his love for the practice of law. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the family of his assistant, Johnny Cutliff, who also lost his life in this tragic accident.