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Martin Phipps dismisses sealed lawsuit against former employees

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By David Yates | Nov 26, 2019


SAN ANTONIO – Before a hearing to permanently seal could take place, attorney Martin Phipps dismissed his lawsuit against three former employees of his, court records show.

Under a temporary seal, Phipps, the founder of Phipps Deacon Purnell, filed the suit in late October and sought to restrain the former employees from tampering with the firm’s computers and other tech.

The petition named Jennifer Knox, a paralegal, Enrique Casillas, who worked as the firm’s IT manager, and Rebecca Maha, former director of human resources, as defendants.

Knox was nonsuited in early November. Casillas and Maha were non-suited on Nov. 21, court records show.

A hearing to keep the case sealed was slated for Nov. 26.

The Bexar County District Clerk’s Office lists the case as disposed.

Phipps is representing Bexar County in its opioid suit.

This is not the first time Phipps has sued a former employee and strived to keep the case sealed.

On July 11, the attorney filed a sealed petition against Jason Reichl, a former employee of his who is currently facing criminal charges for alleged theft.

As previously reported, documents obtained from the case show Phipps may have made “straw man” donations through Reichl.

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