Houston pathologist gets new counsel in wrongful termination case

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | May 16, 2011


GALVESTON - An attorney representing a Houston pathologist in a lawsuit against one of her colleagues filed a motion to withdraw as her counsel.

Brent C. Perry of Houston entered the motion May 5 before the Galveston County 405th District Court.

Perry serves as the lead lawyer for Dr. Mary Yang, who is suing Dr. Jameela Ahmeduddin in an attempt to prevent Ahmeduddin from terminating her.

Yang's lawsuit, filed last Feb. 28, alleges that Ahmeduddin seeks to fire the plaintiff from Mainland Pathology Associates PA and remove her from its board of directors through illegal avenues.

The suit claims the defendant's actions violated the bylaws of the Mainland Pathology Associates adopted in 2002.

Court papers show the group operated on shareholders' share purchase and deferred compensation agreements from 2001 to the present time. Yang, who consented with the defendant as director, became the owner of 50 percent of the MPA shares last year.

Yang and Ahmeduddin's professional relationship reportedly began to strain after the unsuccessful profitability of the Cytology Associates of Houston, which MPA acquired in 2006.

Yang says that she tried to obtain financial information about the venture, but the defendant neither handed the documentation over nor separated the entities.

The suit further explains that Ahmeduddin called for a special meeting to discuss termination to which the plaintiff objected.

The complainant then received a termination letter requesting that she and the defendant work toward an amicable separation by March 15. She argues that the MPA must function with two directors and she must maintain her position since she and Ahmeduddin are the only members.

Perry says Yang personally asked him to vacate as her lawyer and wishes to retain other counsel. The plaintiff recently filed a motion to substitute Perry with attorneys Timothy A. Beeton of Galveston and Sam W. Finegan of League City.

Case No. 11-cv-0352

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