On Feb. 6, Judge Martin Hoffman of Dallas’ 68th District Court signed an order dismissing In Re: Susan Springman. Springman, a former Haynes and Boone employee, had filed a Rule 202 petition last year seeking to take presuit depositions of several Haynes and Boone partners.
In her Feb. 2 nonsuit motion, Springman wrote that “the petition was never calendared for hearing, and neither Haynes and Boone, LLP nor any of the potential deponents were served with the petition.”
Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 202 allows a person to petition a court for an order authorizing depositions for use in an anticipated suit or to investigate a potential claim.
Among other things, the depositions Springman sought regarded alleged humiliation and intimidation she experienced at Dallas-based Haynes and Boone, according to her Nov. 9, 2011, Rule 202 petition.
Caitlin Connors, an attorney with Dallas’ Law Office of Rob Wiley who represents Springman, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
Haynes and Boone general counsel Stacy Brainin also did not return a telephone call seeking comment. However, in an e-mail sent to Texas Lawyer last November, Brainin described the allegations in Springman’s petition as “absurd” and said “[n]o attorney or staff member has ever treated Ms. Springman in the manner described.”
UPDATE: Haynes and Boone general counsel Stacy Brainin declines comment.
-- John Council