UPDATE: Prosecutors now say State Rep Ron Reynolds worked with a local Chiropractor. When people would go to see the doctor after an accident they would first get an agreement signing Reynolds up as their attorney automatically without even meeting the attorney.
Update: Prosecutors now say Marcela Halmagean filed the complaint against State Representative Ron Reynolds. Interestingly enough a Google search shows that Halmagean is a family attorney in Houston. Just how she crossed paths or came into contact with Reynolds is spelled out in the county’s complaint. Investigators allege Reynolds used a runner to solicit Halmagean as a client when she was involved in a car accident. As made clear in Texas law soliciting a client for legal services is considered barratry and against the law.
Update: State Representative Ron Reynolds was released from jail after being bailed ($5,000) out just after midnight. Harris County Assistant District Attorney Wendy Baker says Reynolds was arrested on a pocket warrant. She also says he’s accused of soliciting business from a potential client whose name will be released later today. So far still no comment from the state rep.
Fort Bend County State Representative Ron Reynolds is reportedly sitting behind bars tonight according to Harris County records. Prosecutors have charged the lawyer by trade with Barratry. According to Texas law barratry is when a attorney solicits business for legal services without a potential client approaching the attorney first. In Reynold’s case it’s likely the latter because he is an attorney. Harris County records show the first African American State Representative from Fort Bend County since Reconstruction is being held behind bars on enhanced barratry charges in lieu of a $5,000 bond at the county lock up. The Insite has not been able to reach Reynolds for a comment.
More About Reynolds:
Ron Reynolds, was sworn in on January 10, 2011 as State Representative House District 27. Ron is the first African American State Representative in Fort Bend County since Reconstruction. He is a product of Fort Bend County public school’s Blue Ridge Elementary and Quail Valley Middle School. He went on to attend Texas Southern University and received a B.S. degree in Public Affairs, “magna cum laude”. Ron received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law.
Ron is a name partner in the Brown, Brown & Reynolds, P.C., law firm. He is a former Associate Municipal Judge for The City of Houston and TSU Adjunct Professor (College of Public Affairs).
Ron has written numerous articles relative to Consumer Rights, Civil Rights, Civic Engagement, and Employment Law because he embodies an inherent responsibility for keeping the community abreast of current issues that impact their lives.
Ron believes that by investing in the community, he has made a positive impact on the business and economic base in Fort Bend County. Commensurate with the belief, to whom much is given, much is required; Ron has devoted his life to serving the community. Some of his civic and other affiliations include but are not limited to the following:
Past President, NAACP Missouri City & Ft. Bend Vicinity Branch
Past President, Houston Lawyer’s Association
Brookhollow Baptist Church, Legal Ministry Chair
Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class 2007
100 Black Men of America – Houston Chapter
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Board member, Houston Citizen’s Chamber of Commerce
Board member, Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce
Board member, Jazz Education, Inc.
Constable Ruben Davis Advisory Council
Co-Chair Fort Bend International Festival and Mayor’s Jazz Brunch
Fort Bend ISD Bond Advisory Committee
Fort Bend County Democratic Party, sustaining member
Houston Area Urban League
Member of Fort Bend Democratic Club and Black Dems
Legal Counsel for Houston Black Expo and a non-profit organization benefiting sickle-cell research