I was very sorry to hear of the passing of defense attorney Victor Blaine today.
He was an extremely distinguished lawyer that I had the honor of knowing since I was a baby prosecutor in 1999. He had been around just a little longer than I had. According to the State Bar website, he graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1952 and had been practicing in Texas since 1955.
I don't have any specific war stories about the man that I always called "Mr. Blaine." He was a constant presence around the CJC and was always the model of a true Southern Gentleman.
He embodied all that was honorable about the legal profession. He was polite, knowledgeable, and professional at all times. There was nothing flashy about him, yet his presence conveyed a formidable opponent through the entirety of his career. When I was a prosecutor, setting a case for trial against Mr. Blaine was not something I took lightly.
Up until a few weeks ago, Mr. Blaine was still a regular at the courthouse, and I had no idea that he was ailing. Despite his age, he moved easily and comfortably. His mind was as sharp as ever. He was friendly and always had a smile on his face.
Victor Blaine was a reminder of attorneys from the past and a sterling example to attorneys of the present and the future.
Rest in peace, Mr. Blaine.