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Briefly Jailed for Barratry, Prominent Texas Lawyer Accused of Using Runner to Seek Attorney’s Case

Posted Apr 26, 2012 5:24 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A Texas state representative who also serves as managing partner of a Houston law firm was briefly jailed this week after being charged with barratry.

State Rep. Ron Reynolds, 38, who represents District 27, himself voted for the tough new law last year that makes barratry a criminal offense. The managing partner of Brown Brown and Reynolds is accused of sending a runner to seek a case from another Houston lawyer who was an auto accident victim. Marcela Halmagean filed a complaint about the incident, according to the Southeast Texas Record and My Fox Houston.

"I maintain my innocence and plan to vigorously defend myself against all allegations," Reynolds told Fox. An adjunct professor at Texas Southern University, he is a former municipal court judge and a past president of the Houston Lawyers Association.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Courthouse Regular and Texas Lawyer Are Charged with Barratry"

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