Couple says Texas City lawyer mishandled legal work

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Apr. 30, 2012, 11:16am

GALVESTON - A lawsuit filed April 20 in Galveston County District Court seeks disciplinary action against Texas City attorney Mark Aronowitz.

The Commission for Lawyer Discipline alleges Aronowitz improperly handled Donald and Doris Young's bankruptcy case.

The Youngs hired Aronowitz to serve as their counsel in federal bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of Texas and two appellate matters.

According to the original petition, Aronowitz withdrew himself as Doris Young's attorney because he lost standing to practice before the bankruptcy court.

Doris Young claims Aronowitz filed a motion to withdraw as counsel and permit his client to proceed pro se without her knowledge, the suit states.

The commission further claims Aronowitz "filed the motion under Ms. Young's signature, which was not her signature, nor did the respondent have Ms. Young's permission to sign for her."

Aronowitz is also accused of neglecting a bankruptcy matter on behalf of Donald Young by failing to file a cross motion for summary judgment as ordered by Houston Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur on May 31, 2007.

The complaint adds the defendant failed to file any briefs in connection to the couple's appeals in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 and the Fifth Circuit Court.

Aronowitz's alleged negligence prompted the Youngs to seek assistance from the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas on July 19, 2011.

Aside from the defendant's suspension or disbarment, the petitioner seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Case No. 12-cv-1097

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