Following the filing of a whistleblower lawsuit against H.I.S.D, the district doubled down on retaliation by terminating the Chief Internal Auditor Richard Patton. HISD spends taxpayer money on Patton investigation, but now wants to keep it a secret from taxpayers.
David Feldman of Feldman & Feldman, P.C., filed suit on behalf of the Chief Auditor of Houston Independent School District on Friday, August 5, 2016. Richard Patton, HISD Chief Auditor, was suspended with pay for approximately five months after he reported several violations of law to the district’s police chief and the FBI.
On March 10, 2016, the HISD temporary suspended Richard Patton, the district’s chief internal auditor, on “allegations of misconduct and other performance concerns.” David Feldman of Feldman & Feldman, P.C., Patton’s attorney, believes that the suspension was retaliation for blowing the whistle on suspected illegal behavior. Following the suspension, Mr. Feldman plans on filing a whistleblower grievance with the school district. State law protects those who report alleged illegal activity in good faith to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.Download Feldman & Feldman is Representing HISD Auditor Richard Patton in Whistleblower Grievance (PDF) Read the entire article on Houston Chronicle
Following Dallas Morning News’ request for copies of all of the prosecutor records for the three felony counts against Attorney General Ken Paxton, David Feldman of Feldman & Feldman, P.C. filed suit in Travis County on behalf of the prosecutors to block the TPIA request.Read the entire article on Dallas Morning News
David Feldman, of Feldman & Feldman, filed suit in Travis County on January 14 to seek declaratory judgment from a TPIA request by Dallas Morning News. “It’s one of those unique things you run into when the attorney general is a criminal defendant, and he also has a separate role – for example, under the public information act. All parties have an interest in protecting the rights of the defendant,” Mr. Feldman, who was appointed by the trial judge to represent the prosecutors, said.Download Feldman & Feldman appointed to represent prosecutors in Ken Paxton case (PDF) Read the entire article on Texas Lawyer
On October 14, 2015, Dallas Morning News requested copies of the investigative records pertaining to Ken Paxton’s securities fraud investigation. Following an Attorney General letter notice that the sensitive case information should be release, David Feldman of Feldman & Feldman filed suit in Travis County to block the release of sensitive case information. “We’re having to sue the AG so we don’t have to disclose information adverse to the AG that we shouldn’t have to disclose under the law… Fundamentally, it comes down to the notion of a fair trial and avoiding pretrial publicity that might be prejudicial,” Mr. Feldman, who was appointed by the trial judge to represent the prosecutors, said.Read the entire article on Austin American Statesman
On October 30th, Feldman & Feldman won an important victory for oysterman in Galveston Bay, and indeed for Galveston Bay itself. Cris Feldman, of Feldman & Feldman, obtained a Temporary Injunction keeping 23,000 acres of Galveston Bay open for harvesting and out of the hands of a well-financed front group trying to keep the leases for themselves.Download Feldman & Feldman keeps 23,000 acres of Galveston Bay open for Oyster Harvesting (PDF) Read the entire article on The Galveston Daily News
In November of 2014, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County (MHMRA) was notified that Millet Harrison had been granted outpatient treatment after being confined to an institution in Rusk, Texas since 1994. MHMRA, represented by David Feldman and Christin Grant, appealed an order by a district judge in Jefferson County that required Mr. Harrison to receive treatment in Harris County, to the Beaumont Court of Appeals. On October 30, 2015, the Court of Appeals ruled that the Jefferson County judge lacked authority to order MHMRA to provide outpatient treatment for Mr. Harrison.Read the entire article on Beaumont Enterprise
In April 2015, attorney David Feldman filed suit against Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management, LLC (STORM) and Chambers Liberty Counties Navigation District (CLCND) on behalf of various oystermen whose rights are being violated by a lease that CLCND entered into with STORM. Through this lease, CLCND sought to give exclusive control over 23,000 acres of water bottoms in Galveston Bay to STORM in derogation of the rights of the Plaintiffs in leases given to them by the State that cover reefs within that acreage. The Plaintiffs allege that the lease was entered into in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act and that it is null and void.Read the entire article on The Pasadena Citizen
After being appointed in May 2010 by Mayor Annise Parker, Dave Feldman resigns to join his son, Cris Feldman at Feldman & Feldman, PC. Following his proactive stance as the City Attorney, Feldman hopes that future city attorneys will follow suit and play a more expansive role as city shapers, as opposed to caretakers.