HOUSTON – The Houston Court of Appeals recently affirmed entirely the trial court’s dismissal of all claims brought by Darla Lexington against the John M. O’Quinn Foundation, the sole beneficiary of famed trial lawyer John O’Quinn’s estate, and others related to a prior settlement between the parties, the ownership of certain real estate and the disinterment of O’Quinn’s remains. Bracewell LLP obtained dismissal of the claims in the trial court and obtained the win in the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals rejected Lexington’s argument that she was O’Quinn’s common-law spouse or that she owned the real estate on which O’Quinn was buried.
"The John M. O'Quinn Foundation is gratified that the court of appeals affirmed entirely the dismissal of Ms. Lexington's latest effort to challenge Mr. O'Quinn's will," said Christopher L. Dodson, who represented the Foundation. "The John M. O’Quinn Foundation has already donated over $140 million to deserving causes and looks forward to continuing Mr. O'Quinn's charitable legacy in the years to come, as was Mr. O'Quinn's wish."
Established in 1986, the John M. O’Quinn Foundation supports a wide variety of charitable activities, notably including conservation, education, health and programs benefit unprivileged youth in Houston and the surrounding areas.
Bracewell lawyers involved in the litigation included:
Partners: Christopher L. Dodson and Warren W. Harris