John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 9, 2014, 2:44pm

GALVESTON - A Galveston attorney faces a lawsuit from a League City local who claims he was misrepresented.

Recent court papers filed Jan. 7 in Galveston County District Court allege Anthony P. Griffin conducted himself in an "extreme and dangerous" manner when entrusted with plaintiff Cesar Duran's January 2012 civil rights suit against the city of Galveston.

Duran hired Griffin to serve as his counsel in the suit taking the city to task over "repeated and wrongful" arrests.

Griffin was reportedly paid $10,000.

According to the complainant, Griffin "committed acts of omission and commission that fell below the standard of care of a reasonable prudent attorney in Galveston County and the State of Texas under the same or similar circumstances."

Chief among the allegations is a claim Griffin "used his position to take advantage" of Duran, who is handicapped.

"Due to the defendant's actions, the plaintiff suffered emotion distress, anxiety and insomnia which was very severe," the suit says.

Consequently, Duran seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Attorney Paul H. Lavalle of Paul Houston Lavalle & Associates P.C. in Texas City is representing the claimant, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 14-CV-0023

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