HOUSTON – Car crash victims who expected to get help from a Houston-area personal injury attorney told KPRC 2 Reporter Bryce Newberry that they’ve been ghosted and scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars.
David Lee Pettus is still licensed to practice in Texas and has an office address listed in League City.
KPRC 2 has been contacted by several alleged victims since February, and three of them are now publicly sharing their stories because they want other people to be aware of who they hire for representation.
As of this writing, the State Bar of Texas and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office have not confirmed or denied the existence of any investigations involving Pettus.
All three victims said they hired the communicative and helpful attorney after their wrecks, but as time went on, he went silent. They claim they didn’t realize he had settled their claims out of court, and they still haven’t seen a dime.
“He was real charming and said all the right things,” said Jeffrey Herzik of Spring, who was rear-ended in August 2020. “My granddaughter was in the car. The impact was so great that it actually broke her car seat.”
Derek Liang of Brookshire hired Pettus after an October 2021 crash following an Astros game.
“I had a broken wrist. I’m still recovering from it. It’s not fully right. My wife had a broken tailbone,” Liang said.
Another alleged victim, Sharon Reilly, who lives about five hours from Houston in Lone Star, Texas, hired