TLR Mourns the Passing of TLR Senior Chairman Leo Linbeck, Jr.
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION—June 8, 2013
Contact: Lucy Nashed
(Houston, TX) Texans for Lawsuit Reform issued the following statement today on the passing of TLR’s Senior Chairman, Leo Linbeck, Jr. TLR Chairman and CEO, Richard W. Weekley said:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime friend, mentor and Co-Founder, Leo Linbeck, Jr. Leo’s leadership and vision were a critical force in the creation and growth of TLR and the civil justice reform movement in Texas over the past two decades. Leo was a man of great faith who put principle first in every endeavor he undertook. In his extensive public policy work, Leo never settled for what was possible to achieve. Instead, he always aspired for the optimal outcome based on principle, wisdom and the common good. His wise and principled counsel guided TLR through some of the most difficult challenges we faced and has been key to our success in transforming public policy. If one were to look for a single individual in the country who epitomized the words “character” and “integrity,” there is no better example than Leo. All the members of the TLR family have been honored to work with Leo and are blessed to have been able to call him a friend.”
TLR President Dick Trabulsi added:
“Leo was a gentleman and a scholar, whose knowledge, wisdom and vision have been gifts to his family and friends. His contribution to his community and to public policy cannot be calculated, nor expressed adequately. He leaves a legacy of service and accomplishment to his State and Nation. Leo’s political philosophy was based on liberty and the belief that the people, not the government, are sovereign in a representative democracy. No one had a deeper or truer Faith than Leo and no one would be more content to be with his Maker. His loss leaves an incalculable void here, but heaven must be rejoicing.”
Linbeck was one of the founders of Texans for Lawsuit Reform in 1993. TLR has grown to be the largest civil justice reform organization in Texas and the most successful tort reform group in the nation. TLR is a bipartisan, volunteer-led coalition with more than 17,000 supporters residing in 818 Texas communities and representing 1,266 different businesses, professions and trades.