Criminal-defense lawyer Catherine Shelton and her attorney, James Lombardino, principal in Houston’s Lombardino & Associates, did not attend a July 27 hearing before the State Bar of Texas 4B4 Evidentiary Panel in Houston on Shelton’s motion for rehearing and to set aside the disbarment judgment that the panel issued in May. As noted in the May 17 judgment of disbarment in Commission on Lawyer Discipline v. Shelton, the evidentiary panel found that Shelton twice failed to appear at hearings on one client’s motion for a new trial and accepted $20,000 from another client but failed to work on his appeal. The panel also found, according to the judgment, that Shelton repeatedly was late for another client’s trial in Hood County and failed to show up for hearings when the trial court held her in contempt. Texas Lawyer was unable to locate Shelton. Lombardino, who is on vacation, did not return a telephone call seeking comment. In June 2006, the Board of Disciplinary Appeals reversed a default judgment of disbarment against Shelton because of a deficiency in the affidavit of substitute service on her.
-- Mary Alice Robbins