Rick Laminack Obituary, Death – Richard N. “Rick” Laminack, founder and managing partner of Laminack, Pirtle & Martines has died. Rick was the quintessential Texas trial lawyer with a sharp intellect, quick wit, big heart and fierce dedication to protecting everyday people. Rick founded Laminack, Pirtle & Martines in 2006 with Tom Pirtle and Buffy Martines. Rick is the managing partner of the business and a nationally respected trial lawyer. His expertise includes civil litigation, products liability, complex litigation, mass torts, and commercial litigation.
Rick earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University in 1983 and his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in 1987. Rick was elected to the Order of Barristers, Order of Lytae, Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, and President of the Student Bar Association throughout his law school tenure. He was also a part of the school’s nationally renowned mock trial and moot court advocacy teams, where he won multiple state and national championships.
Rick worked as a senior litigator with O’Quinn, Laminack & Pirtle from 1987 to 2006. During his time at O’Quinn, he was the head of the firm’s mass tort section, which included a number of medical device and pharmaceutical dockets such as silicone breast implants, diet pills, Baycol, St. Jude Heart Valves, and Vioxx. Rick has worked as trial counsel in a number of groundbreaking cases throughout his career, including a record-setting verdict handed to the family of a woman who died as a result of her use of the “fen-phen” diet pill combo.
Rick also represents small and medium-sized enterprises that have been exploited or mistreated. Rick is a member of the Texas State Bar and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Bar Association. Condolences to his family and friends.