JOHN MASON MINGS V, 45, from Houston, Texas, passed away on Monday, the 18th of January, 2010. John received his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Chemistry and Spanish in 1986 from Texas Tech University and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Duke University with honors in 1989. At the time of his death, John was a partner at Baker Hostetler, L.L.P. and was previously a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. where he had practiced law for 20 years. Immediately after graduating from Duke Law School, John clerked for Judge Gibson in the Southern District of Texas, Federal Court in Galveston, Texas. John was a world renowned intellectual property lawyer for his entire legal career and was on the Board of Directors for the Brazil Chamber of Commerce, and an Executive Officer for Association Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual. He was an arbitrator for Camara de Comercio de Bogota, a member of the List of Arbitrators, World Intellectual Property Organization, General List of Arbitrators and Mediators, International Trade Association, and American Intellectual Property Law Association, and a Certified Mediator for the American Arbitration Association. John spoke at many conferences in the United States, Panama City, Brazil, Spain, Argentina, and Ecuador on behalf of the AIPPI, WIPO, ASIPI, and IPO associations in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. John was admitted to practice law in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit and Fifth Circuit, U. S. District Courts in the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.John was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and the Houston Yacht Club. He was an avid sailor and enjoyed spending time on the water with his family participating in various water activities. He was especially proud to watch them achieve their own successes in recent years in sailing competitions. John was fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and had an incredible sense of humor that he could express in many languages. His "Mingisms" would always be expressed with dry wit in combination with an exaggerated accent that was always found to be hilarious by audiences of all ages. John enjoyed traveling with his family around the world to many exotic and exciting locations. He taught his children to appreciate many different languages and cultures and to seek the uniqueness of every situation. John's greatest joy was his love for his family and he took great pride in his children's activities and accomplishments. He was a supportive husband and father.John is survived by his loving wife, Kara May Mings, his beautiful children, John Mason Mings VI and Kaylie Elizabeth Mings, his father, John Mason Mings IV, his mother and stepfather, Patsy and Frank Underwood, his brothers, Carl Mings, Joshua Mings, Olin Underwood and Travis Underwood, numerous nieces and nephews as well as many additional loving family members.Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o'clock in the evening on Thursday, the 21st of January, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.A celebration of John's life and memorial service is to held at ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 22nd of January, 2010 in the Sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Tom Pace, Senior Pastor, will officiate. A reception will immediately follow in Fellowship Hall of the church.John's honorary pallbearers are his partners at Baker Hostetler, prior partners at Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., his brothers, Carl Mings, Joshua Mings, Olin Underwood and Travis Underwood, Forrest Bruch, Barry Kendrick, Raul DaSilva, Blaine Edwards, T. Ernest Freeman, Stephen G. May, Brian Casey, Mason Morgan, Haley Morgan, John Schnake, John Cardenas, Robert Brann, David Starr, Brian Moss and Jonathan Zonis.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family via "The John Mings Memorial Fund" c/o Baker Hostetler, 1000 Louisiana, Suite 2000, Houston, Texas 77002. -->
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 21, 2010.