Corpus Christi Legal Malpractice Attorneys
Serving Victims of Barratry and Legal Malpractice in Corpus Christi and Surrounding Communities
Unethical lawyers, service providers, and healthcare providers may seek to take advantage of you following your accident. Whether by negligence or a willful act, legal malpractice can have long-lasting consequences on your case and may diminish or even destroy your chances of making a full financial recovery.
What are the Most Common Types of Legal Malpractice in Corpus Christi?
When you hire an attorney to represent you, that attorney is obligated to render competent professional service. When an attorney is incompetent or acts in an illegal or unethical manner, and you suffer financial damages as a result, then your attorney may be liable for those damages.
Among the most common types of legal malpractice in Corpus Christi are:
- Illegal Case Solicitation/Barratry: If you were approached or persuaded to hire a particular attorney or healthcare provider following an accident, you may have been the victim of illegal solicitation or barratry. The solicitation could have occurred in person, over the phone, by electronic correspondence, or by mail.
- Attorney Negligence: If you attorney did not treat your case as well as an average attorney should, then your attorney may have been negligent in handling your case. This may include outrageous mistakes by the attorney, such as missing court dates and deadlines, failing to submit documents to the court, or being otherwise irresponsible in your representation.
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty: If an attorney places their best interest ahead of yours and your case was adversely affected, your attorney may have committed malpractice by breaching his or her fiduciary duty. Remember, when it comes to legal representation, your interests always come before your attorney’s financial gain.
- Breach of Contract: When you hire an attorney, you are entered into a legally binding contract with them. If your attorney fails to meet his or her contractual obligations, you can pursue a legal malpractice lawsuit and seek damages.
- Settling Without Your Permission: Your attorney cannot settle your case without your permission. If you were not consulted before your attorney agreed to a settlement on your behalf, you may have a legal malpractice case.
Is Illegal Case Solicitation Really a Problem in Corpus Christi?
Unfortunately, illegal case solicitation does occur in Corpus Christi and it happens more often than you may think. Unethical attorneys often target victims of car accidents, workplace accidents, and premises liability accidents by offering illegal payments to Corpus Christi businesses and professionals for client referrals.
Further, the payments that go to these people often come right out of the victim’s verdict or settlement under the guise “litigation expenses.” That is money that should have gone in the victim’s pocket!
Among the occupations most often used in illegal case solicitation are:
- Tow-truck drivers
- Body shop employees
- Funeral home personnel
- News reporters
- Hospital employees
- Insurance agents
- Law firm “investigators”
Past Examples of Legal Malpractice in Corpus Christi
There have been several instances in which malpractice by Corpus Christi attorneys and law firms were so serious that they garnered news and media attorney.
- In 2007, Thomas J. Henry helped expose Mauricio Celis, a notorious non-lawyer who made a small fortune obtaining personal injury cases which he then referred to other South Texas lawyers. By the time Celis was brought to justice, he had purchased a Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and a BMW and traveled by private jet all with money that should have been paid out to clients. Thomas J. Henry’s efforts were recognized in May 2010 when TexasMonthly ran an article entitled “The Great Pretender.”
- In 2014, disbarred Corpus Christi attorney David Bonilla was sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating the terms of his probation in a client-theft case. Bonilla had pleaded guilty in 2011 to stealing roughly $500,000 from clients while still in practice and entered into a plea deal to avoid prison. Bonilla later admitted to illegally practicing law at his father’s law firm following his disbarment and plea deal.
- Also in 2014, two Corpus Christi attorneys were indicted in Bexar County on three counts of felony barratry. A suit against the law partners alleged the attorneys tried to force one of their office managers to illegally solicit personal injury cases and fired her when she refused.
Contact an Experienced Corpus Christi Legal Malpractice Attorney
If a legal professional or service provider solicited you to represent you legally following an accident or failed to provide you with competent legal representation, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Thomas J. Henry has been fighting barratry and legal malpractice in South Texas for more 25 years. Our attorneys are available 24/7. If you cannot come to our office, we will send an attorney directly to you.
- Phone number: 361-985-0600 (attorneys available 24/7 to assist you)
- Address: 521 Starr Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401 (walk-in Monday through Friday)
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– Irma L., 5/28/2018