Court of Appeals
Ninth District of Texas at Beaumont
IN RE RONALD ROGERS
Ronald Rogers contends that the trial court abused its discretion by disqualifying
Rogers’ counsel after Rogers identified counsel as a person having knowledge of the
facts and circumstances made the basis of the lawsuit in response to a discovery request
by defendants Ted G. Walker and Ted L. Walker. The trial court ordered that counsel
would not be permitted to act as counsel during the trial if he will be a witness on a
matter other than attorney fees.
After Rogers filed his mandamus petition, the trial court reversed an earlier denial
of Ted L. Walker’s motion for summary judgment, granted Walker’s motion for
summary judgment, and severed Rogers’s claims against Walker into a separate suit that
Rogers has appealed. As to the severed cause, appeal is available and will be an adequate
remedy. See In re Kan. City S. Indus., Inc., 139 S.W.3d 669, 670 (Tex. 2004) (“To obtain
a writ of mandamus, a relator must establish not only that the trial court clearly abused its
discretion but also that no adequate remedy by appeal exists.”).
It appears the trial court has not yet entered a final judgment on the remaining
claims. Rogers does not contest Walker’s assertion that Ted G. Walker has been nonsuited from the case. Walker argues that Rogers’s claims against the third defendant,
Gayle Creel, are moot because Rogers has already recovered a judgment against Creel in
the separate probate proceeding. Regardless of whether the same or similar claims have
been brought in a separate proceeding, Rogers’s pleadings in the case in which
mandamus relief is sought assert claims against Creel, and it appears those claims have
not been resolved.
On this mandamus record we cannot ascertain that Creel waived disqualification
of Rogers’s counsel; it is not clear from the record whether Creel has even been served
with process in the underlying case. We find no appearance by Creel in any of the
proceedings in this case, and the certificates of service on documents filed in the trial
court do not indicate that any of the documents were served on Creel or his counsel. Also
the mandamus record is not clear whether Rogers’s counsel will be a witness in the trial
of Rogers’s claims against Creel. His designation as a witness occurred in response to
discovery by Walker.
Because appeal is an adequate remedy, Rogers has not shown that he is presently
entitled to mandamus relief in the only case to which the mandamus record reflects the
order definitely applies. Accordingly, we lift our stay order of December 14, 2011 and
deny the petition for writ of mandamus without prejudice.
Submitted on December 12, 2011
Opinion Delivered January 12, 2012
Before McKeithen, C.J., Gaultney and Horton, JJ.