Woman alleges attorney, practice mishandled pelvic mesh case

By John Suayan | Mar 20, 2019

HOUSTON – A local attorney and his practice are accused in a Plano woman’s state district lawsuit of mishandling her pelvic mesh case.

Sharyn Joy Teitelbaum initiated litigation against Howard L. Nations and Howard Nations, P.C., doing business as The Nations Law Firm, on Mar. 13 in the Harris County 165th District Court.

Teitelbaum hired the defendants in October 2014 after she experienced problems with bleeding and cramping in connection with the mesh implant manufactured by Coloplast.

According to the 10-page original petition, the respondents worked with other counsel without obtaining the plaintiff’s prior consent. The attorney-client contract between Teitelbaum and NLF purportedly stated that the latter would receive a 40 percent contingent fee while 60 percent went to a firm named Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, PA.

Teitelbaum says that Levin Papantonio notified her after the execution of the contract it could not represent her, which left NLF as her lone counsel.

Court filings further accuse NLF of making a secret arrangement with the firm Motley Rice, LLC to lump the complainant’s case “together with 749 other cases to attempt to negotiate a settlement on behalf of the plaintiff and other unidentified clients.” Teitelbaum insists that she was not consulted about “these negotiations or offers.”

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by Cris Feldman of the law firm Feldman & Feldman P.C. in Houston.

Harris County 165th District Court Case No. 2019-18460

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