In Re George R. Neely, No. 14-08-00525-CV Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] June 26, 2008)(per
curiam) (attorney discipline) (mandamus denied in attorney disbarment case)
MOTION OR WRIT DENIED: Per Curiam
Before Chief Justice Hedges, Justices Fowler and Boyce)
In Re George R. Neely
Appeal from 164th District Court of Harris County
Judge: Jack H. Robison, assigned judge
M E M O R A N D U M O P I N I O N
On June 18, 2008, the trial court signed a Final Judgment of Disbarment against relator George R. Neely.
Neely has asked us to issue a writ of mandamus vacating the disbarment order against him. He has also filed a
motion for emergency relief, asking that we issue mandamus on an emergency basis because he is lead
counsel in a case scheduled to begin trial on June 30. We conclude that relator has an adequate appellate
remedy, and therefore deny his mandamus petition.
Mandamus will not issue where there is an adequate remedy by appeal. Walker v. Packer, 827 S.W.2d 833,
842 (Tex. 1992) (orig. proceeding). An appellate remedy is not inadequate merely because it may involve more
delay than obtaining an extraordinary writ. Id. Instead, an appellate remedy may be inadequate where a party
stands to permanently lose substantial rights. See Perry v. Del Rio, 66 S.W.3d 239, 257 (Tex. 2001) (orig.
proceeding). We remain mindful that the benefits of mandamus review are easily lost by overuse. In re
Prudential Ins. Co. of America, 148 S.W.3d 124, 138 (Tex. 2004) (orig. proceeding).
Neely has not demonstrated that he is in danger of permanently losing substantial rights. See Perry, 66 S.W.3d
at 257. Neely has an adequate remedy at law to appeal the trial court's final judgment of disbarment. See, e.g.,
Risker v. Comm'n for Lawyer Discipline, 94 S.W.3d 625, 627 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th Dist.] 2002, pet.
denied); Skelton v. Comm'n for Lawyer Discipline, 56 S.W.3d 687, 689 (Tex. App.- Houston [14th Dist.] 2001, no
pet.). Mandamus relief is therefore unavailable. Walker, 827 S.W.2d at 842; see also In re Worldpeace, No.
14-04-00726-CV, 2004 WL 1797685, at *1 (Tex. App.- Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.).
Accordingly, we deny the petition for writ of mandamus, and further deny as moot relator's emergency motion to
consider mandamus on an emergency basis.
Petition Denied, and Emergency Motion to Consider Mandamus on an Emergency Basis Denied as Moot, and
Memorandum Opinion filed June 26, 2008.
Panel consists of Chief Justice Hedges, and Justices Fowler and Boyce.
The Honorable Jack H. Robison, presiding judge of the 207th Judicial District Court of Comal County,
appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to hear this matter in the 164th Judicial District Court of Harris County.
See Tex. R. Disciplinary P. 3.02, reprinted in Tex. Gov't Code Ann., tit. 2, subtit. G. app. A-1 (Vernon 2005).