Deceased Austin lawyer probed over demand letters to restaurants

by Walter Olson on August 18, 2009

Prominent Austin, Texas lawyer and judicial candidate Mina Brees, who died Aug. 7, is the target of a probe by the state’s attorney general after sending scores of letters to Houston and Dallas area restaurants advising them that their business name registrations had expired and that they could buy them back by dealing with her at a cost of $20,000 or $25,000 each. The letters informed them that a client, Chicksports Inc., had taken possession of the names, but did not mention that she herself was the president of Chicksports or that it operated from the address of her solo-practice law firm. The Texas Restaurant Association had advised its members not to pay and said under state law lapses in name registrations do not deprive restaurants of their legal rights to their distinctive names. Brees had been on strained terms with a famous son, NFL quarterback Drew Brees. [Mike Tolson, Houston Chronicle/KHOU, Austin American-Statesman, more Houston Chronicle, Tex Parte, DeadSpin] Per the Austin American-Statesman, “Brees received the Austin Bar Association’s 2005 professionalism award for legal ethics and professionalism.”

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1 Bill Poser 08.18.09 at 12:46 pm

I’m curious as to what the purpose of the investigation might be now that the lawyer in question is dead? Bar discipline is no longer possible, or are criminal charges. Does the AG contemplate a civil suit against her estate?

2 AZFlyer 08.18.09 at 8:48 pm

Hmmm. Extortion letter demands contact by Aug. 14th. Slimy lawyer dies Aug. 7th. Karma anyone?

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