Embattled state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, already facing the possible suspension of his law license over charges he illegally solicited clients, was ordered Friday to pay more than half a million dollars to a woman who had sued him for malpractice.
A Harris County judge ruled the three-term state lawmaker must pay Nancy Calloway $504,000 for keeping her share of a settlement he won in a 2010 lawsuit.
In an interview Saturday, Reynolds told the Tribune the court's ruling was the result of a “technicality.” He said his attorney missed a deadline to file a response and is filing a motion for a new trial to vacate the judgment.
Court documents detail that Calloway hired Reynolds, a personal injury attorney, to represent her against the truck driver and trucking company involved in the traffic crash that killed her 23-year-old daughter, April, in July 2010. Calloway agreed to settle the case for $250,000, but argues she never received the nearly $170,000 she says she was owed under their attorney-client agreement.