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In Memoriam: James Street

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If you Google the name “James Street,” you’ll come across article after article about how he led the University of Texas Longhorns to the 1969 national championship.

That is not how I remember him.

I remember meeting James Street thirty years after that championship, when I was a young 29-year-old, ready to enter the world of settlement planning.  Street was already a veteran of the industry, having founded the James Street Group in 1982.

Though his football accomplishments were impressive, I remember him for his dedication to the plaintiff.  In a very small, yet very challenging industry, Street set the standard for honesty and integrity when guiding plaintiffs through the process of settlement planning.  He took calls from friends and competitors and was always willing to help.

Street’s lifetime achievements will live on through the lives he touched with his professionalism and planning.  He was able to successfully counsel thousands of trial attorneys on how to assist their clients during settlement because he intuitively understood the challenges unique to each plaintiff in a way that few others did.  His work pushed the rest of us to do better—he was one of the good ones.  I am honored to have known him.