State Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) can no longer practice law. The State Bar of Texas issued the disbarment order on Thursday, after a late July hearing.
The order cited Reynolds’ 2015 conviction for what Montgomery County prosecutors called “ambulance chasing” as the reason for his disbarment.
Reynolds’ legal troubles go back to 2012, when undercover investigation found that a Harris County chiropractor was having patients sign contracts naming Reynolds as their legal counsel before they were examined.
Those charges were later dropped after it came to light that the investigators had been accused of stealing evidence. A year later Reynolds arrested again.
This time Reynolds was one of seven Houston-area attorneys busted for participating in a $25 million kickback scheme with Robert Valdez, co-owner of two chiropractic clinics.
Reynolds was tried and convicted on a single misdemeanor charge, but the verdict was overturned after a judge declared a mistrial because of juror misconduct.
In 2015, Reynolds was convicted on five counts of barratry, otherwise known as ambulance chasing. Reynolds was sentenced to one year in jail and fined $4,000.
Reynolds appealed the conviction and was released on an appellate bond while his case snaked its way through the court system.
After his conviction Reynolds’ law license was suspended and he began the process of filing for bankruptcy, a process he never completed. He also was hit with $52,000 in fines from the Texas Ethics Commission for failing to file campaign finance reports for two years.
In September 2018, Reynolds surrendered to Montgomery County authorities to serve his one-year sentence. While in jail, Reynolds was able to receive time off for good behavior, which meant he served four months of his one-year sentence.
Reynolds was released this past January, just in time for the 2019 legislative session. On July 26, the State Bar of Texas took up the matter of Reynolds’ license to practice law.
On July 29, the State Bar of Texas issued the order disbarring Reynolds. The order requires Reynolds to surrender his bar card and license.
The disbarment order also requires Reynolds to inform each and every court, judge and magistrate he has business before, as well as every current and former client, that he can no longer practice law.