Defendant accused of drinking and driving designates attorney-in-charge

By David Yates | Oct 2, 2013

An allegedly intoxicated driver, accused of striking a parked vehicle and pushing it into a child, has designated a new attorney in charge of his defense.

As previously reported, Juan Munoz filed a lawsuit on behalf of minor Anjelica Norris on Feb. 25 in Jefferson County District Court against Lawrence Lee Madaffri.

Court records show Madaffri filed a designation of attorney-in-charge on Sept. 23, stating his former attorney, Monica Wilkins, is no longer with the Houston law firm Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith.

The attorney in charge is Michael Jacobellis.

In his complaint, Munoz claims Madaffri was driving in Jefferson County on Dec. 10, 2011, when he struck a parked vehicle and pushed it into Norris.

Because of the collision, in addition to her injuries, Norris incurred medical costs, experienced physical pain and suffering and endured physical impairment, according to the complaint filed Feb. 25 in Jefferson County District Court. Norris also endured mental anguish, the suit states.

Munoz blames Madaffri for causing the collision, saying he negligently drove while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failed to keep a proper lookout, drove too fast, lacked proper control of his vehicle, failed to drive within a single lane and made an unsafe lane change.

Munoz is seeking a judgment in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, court costs and other relief to which he may be entitled.

J. Trenton Bond and Chris M. Portner of Portner and Bond in Beaumont represent him.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D193-987

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