San Jose Bankruptcy Attorney comments on the unfolding bankruptcy and divorce drama surrounding the person who is rumored to have inspired “The Case Runner.”
Willie Garcia, the person many in South Texas believe to be the inspiration for the novel “The Case Runner” is embroiled in a legal saga of his own that is nearly as compelling as “The Case Runner.” Garcia is a case runner, a South Texas term for an attorney who solicits clients for personal injury attorneys. Garcia’s wife has filed for divorce, and is asking for $10,000 per month in child support, as well as making division of property claims on his reported wealth of $33 million.
Garcia has been at the center of some of the most famous personal injury claims in South Texas history. He was the state’s star witness in the controversy surrounding the Alton bus case, where 21 children died when their bus drove into a water-filled caliche pit. The state charged three attorneys with barratry – bringing legal actions solely to harass – and Garcia provided testimony that secured felony convictions for the attorneys.
Garcia created a Mexican firm, SLM, that he used to operate in the U.S, Mexico and across the world in airline crashes and other disasters. One firm that has filed suit against Garcia is LawFunder, which advanced millions to Garcia and is trying to collect more than $8 million in court after finding out he is not an attorney. Two prominent law firms have filed suit and were trying to collect more than $6 million before one of the firms filed for bankruptcy protection. The suit has been stayed pending the bankruptcy filing.
Meanwhile Garcia’s wife and her attorneys are trying to reach a suitable division of property in their divorce case while outside firms in addition to the ones mentioned above try to recover they claim they are owed by Mr. Garcia. This case will not be going away anytime soon, and will just add to the murky legend of South Texas legal wrangling and personal injury law.
Firms gave millions to South Texas case runner, mysanantonio.com, December 6, 2009
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