Morgan drops his suit against divorce attorney he fired

David Yates Dec. 2, 2008, 7:29am

John Morgan

Only days before his divorce became final in late October, attorney John Morgan fired his divorce attorney, G. Michael Jamail, and then filed a lawsuit against him claiming he was divulging confidential information.

As the Record reported, Morgan filed the suit against Jamail on Oct. 24.

On Nov. 6 Morgan requested the suit be dropped. On Monday, Dec. 1, Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th Judicial District, signed an amended order, officially dismissing the suit.

A phone call to Jamail's law firm was not returned, and neither the suit nor Morgan's divorce file state why he replaced Jamail a week before the final divorce decree was signed.

For the last year local plaintiff's attorney John Morgan had been embattled in an unpleasant divorce with his wife Kathleen Winslow.

Ten days before his divorce became final on Oct. 27, Morgan fired Jamail, who had been representing him for the past year -- replacing him with attorney Debra Wester, court papers show.

The abrupt substitution led Jamail to appear at an Oct. 17 hearing, where he made statements in front of the presiding judge, Randy Shelton. Morgan claimed Jamail's comments should not have been made in open court as they contained confidential information about his divorce.

Morgan hoped to silence Jamail's unwelcome comments by filing the suit and a request for an emergency restraining order. However, the order was never signed.

In his pro se suit, Morgan alleged Jamail "cursed in his presence" after he fired him and told him he intended to violate the attorney-client privilege by offering his testimony at the Oct. 27 final divorce hearing.

The suit Morgan filed against Jamail was approximately his 908 suit filed by him and/or his law firm (Lindsay & Morgan) in the county's district court since 1997.

Case No. B182-583

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