A Tale of Fraud, Deception and Legal Justice

A. Lewis Ward Earned Texas Lawyer Recognition for a Top Contract Dispute Verdict in Texas

In all areas of the law, litigation is best avoided. It is time consuming, expensive, stressful, and unfortunately, exceedingly challenging for attorneys and clients alike. Sometimes, however, justice is possible only by taking a case to trial. Last year, A. Lewis Ward obtained a judgment of $3,039,960, delivering relief to deserving clients and ranking as the ninth contract dispute verdict for 2015 in Texas, according to Texas Lawyer, a weekly legal publication.

This distinguished accomplishment would not be possible without the most important component of Mr. Ward’s law practice – his clients. Ward shares this victory with those who place their trust in him and his extensive experience as a personal injury and business law attorney.

The suit in question involved Mr. Ward’s clients and three opposing individuals, all of whom were “in” on what would turn out to be a deal gone very wrong. Out of respect, real names of the clients and the opposing parties are not disclosed in this tale.

The client, Sally’s corporation, owned a piece of property worth about $1.2 million. For various reasons, Sally decided to sell the property. A potential buyer, Eric, came along with his acquaintance, Leroy. Eric wanted Leroy’s business experience and financial backing, in order to ensure that an agreement could be made and that Sally was comfortable with the risk involved. Leroy, showing a bank statement with a $450,000.00 balance and a loan pre-approval letter for $7.5 million dollars and boasting a very high net worth, convinced Sally to form a contract of sale with Eric.

Needless to say, the agreement was not upheld by Eric and Leroy. In fact, “Leroy” was not really Leroy, but Leroy’s brother, Bob. With Leroy and Eric’s knowledge, Bob had impersonated Leroy, in order to sway Sally’s decision to do business. Imagine that! It turns out that Bob had a prior criminal conviction for fraud, leading him to impersonate his brother to avoid discovery of his criminal background. Eric was friends with brothers Leroy and Bob and knowingly participated in Bob’s deception, with the real Leroy’s endorsement.

Successful Contract Dispute Verdict

Ultimately, Eric settled the claims against him for breach of contract, but Leroy and Bob fought until the very end. Ward showed the jury that Leroy and Bob were guilty of fraud in inducing Sally’s corporation to enter into a contract with Eric for his purchase of the real estate. Without the prior criminal conviction of Bob being allowed into evidence, Ward still proved that Sally and her company were fraudulently induced to form the contract with Eric.

The sad truth is, people like Eric, Leroy, and Bob are out there. They commit fraud, scheme and scam, and do their worst to cheat good, hard-working people out of time, assets, and money. In A. Lewis Ward’s Legal Blog, examples are reported of similar instances and hard lessons learned. As a reminder, one can never be too careful. But, when the stakes are high and a mistake is made, A. Lewis Ward seeks justice for clients who deserve nothing less. Occasionally, something rewarding like ranking as a top contract dispute verdict in Texas Lawyer occurs as a reinforcement for the work and the people Ward represents.