HOUSTON – A Humble-based physician has filed a legal malpractice lawsuit against a Houston attorney and his firm, claiming the defendants misrepresented him in a mid-2016 case.

Dr. David Carpenter’s suit against Barney Stagner and the Stagner Law Firm explains that the plaintiff lost in litigation brought by the widow of Dr. Stephen Grayson.

Court papers say Carpenter hired the defendants, but the latter neglected to offer any response to the widow’s claims.

“The defendants failed to timely file an answer to the lawsuit, failed to timely file a response to the motion for default judgment, failed to attend the hearing on the motion for default judgment, allowed a default judgment to be entered against Dr. Carpenter, failed to timely file a motion for new trial, and failed to timely filed an appeal,” Carpenter’s complaint says.

The suit adds that an $180,000 judgment against the physician was entered last Jan. 20. Subsequent efforts to fix the respondents’ errors were unsuccessful, per the original petition.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Ross A. Sears, II of the law firm Sears Crawford, L.L.P. in Houston is representing Carpenter.

Harris County 270th District Court Case No. 2017-82248

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