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Leach lead counsel Dobrowski asks court to withdraw from cases against Tech, James

With the high court's approval, Lubbock-based attorneys Ted Liggett and Christopher Ritter would serve as lead attorneys for Leach

Posted: January 11, 2012 - 8:18pm  |  Updated: January 13, 2012 - 7:15pm
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The Houston-based lawyer who has served as Mike Leach’s lead attorney asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to allow him to quit — and in a short interview with The Avalanche-Journal, would not comment when asked why.

Paul Dobrowski submitted his motion to withdraw as lead counsel for Leach in a letter to the court, adding he had Leach’s consent to withdraw from the former Texas Tech coach’s pending legal cases against Tech, ESPN, Craig James and the Spaeth Communications public relations firm.

In a brief phone call with The A-J, Dobrowski repeatedly said “nope” when asked to comment on his decision to leave and how it would affect Leach’s cases.

With the high court’s approval, Lubbock-based attorneys Ted Liggett and Christopher Ritter would serve as lead attorneys for Leach.

Liggett said he was not surprised by Dobrowski’s withdrawal.

He would not comment as to why the attorney withdrew, but added Dobrowksi was not pressured to leave and did so on good terms.

“Paul Dobrowski and his firm did wonderful work for us on the Mike Leach case against Texas Tech, Craig James, ESPN and Spaeth Communication,” he said. “His withdrawal has no effect on the case.”

Liggett said he did not believe Dobrowski’s resignation shows signs of weakness in Leach’s case against the university or those affiliated with James, father of the former Tech football player Adam James whom Leach was accused of mistreating in 2009.

“We’re going to continue on zealously representing Mike in this case,” Liggett said.

Dicky Grigg, general counsel for Tech, said Dobrowski’s withdrawal came as a surprise to the Tech camp, adding he did not know why Dobrowski resigned.

He said it was not clear what impact, if any, Dobrowski’s departure would have on the case or if his leaving was a telling sign of the Leach team’s confidence in the cases as they wait for a decision from the Supreme Court of Texas.

“I think that just remains to be seen,” he said.

The struggle between Tech and Leach began after Tech fired the head football coach in December 2009. Craig James, an ESPN football commentator at the time, complained to university officials Leach had forced his son, who had a concussion, to stand in a shed and electrical closet during two pre-bowl-game practices.

Leach denied any wrongdoing and sued the university and several of its individual administrators for what he claimed was a conspiracy to oust him following a heated contract renegotiation in early 2009.

Leach’s lawyers countered Tech’s attempts to invoke sovereign immunity by claiming Tech waived its right to it by violating its own operating procedure.

District Court Judge Bill Sowder backed Leach when he permitted the breach-of-contract case to proceed after trimming from the suit a variety of other claims leveled by Leach. But the appellate court reversed Sowder’s ruling.

This fall, the Texas Supreme Court asked Tech and Leach’s attorneys to provide legal briefs as it works to make a decision regarding Tech’s request to invoke sovereign immunity.

From the briefs, the state’s highest court will decide if it will hold with the Seventh Court of Appeals decision from January. In a 22-page decision, the Amarillo-based appellate court threw out a state district court’s earlier ruling to allow Leach to sue the university.

Leach’s related cases against James, ESPN and Spaeth are pending, considered stayed, until the Supreme Court makes a ruling.


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Wondering ??

Seems odd that Craig James is announcing his run for Sate Senate today and Leach's attorney pulls out a day or 2 before..

A $5.oo bet will pay $10.oo that Dobrowski is a buddy of James.

Could this be why Leach has had none of his Legal Rights granted in court so far ??

One needs to Beware of the Trojan Horse syndrome that obviously is part of the Politico's System. I wonder if Dobrowski was on TECH's secret payola ledger all along with Leach paying him too ?? The likely scenario would be that Dobrowski is tied into Jame's campaign and the obvious conflict of interest will come to light soon, I'd Hope.

When in doubt of someone's Integrity ? Follow the Money and Power & or Stalk the perps and see if they show up at the enemie's camp some dark night.

The Conspiracy theory implications here are as endless as Leach's Rights as a Citizen being stonewalled for over 2 years.


Looks like Leach's attorney got tired of the friviloity

That whole lawsuit was stupid from the beginning, and it was obvious Mike was grasping at straws by trying to trash the James kid when it had nothing to do with why he was fired in the first place. There's no doubt or argument from either side that Leach was insubordinate, and insubordination is what he was fired for.

Of course Liggett will keep representing Mike as long as he thinks he can get air time. Now that their 15 minutes of fame are about up I imagine Liggett will quit too.

Note to Leach: If you're an ass at WSU like you were at Tech you're going to get fired there too. Hopefully you've learned a lesson.


How about this solution ??

Would it be an inconvenience for the TECH trolls here if Leach and TECH simply went to court and settled this once & for all ??

It should be simple for TECH's so called Admin to Prove Leach is guilty as charged. Right ??

I reckon the fact that TECH has pulled in every Political marker available to "Not" end up in court somehow validates TECH's claims against Leach . {Rolling eyes Icon}

If TECH's gestapo Hance is such an honorable person , why is He so bent of Not Proving Tech's claims ?? Yep, it must be Hance's unrivaled Integrity that causes him to Not Man Up and settle this BS.

How about Adam James filing criminal charges on Leach for Illegal incarceration & civil rights violations ?

Seems like it's a proven event as per the accusations presented so far.

I know it won't happen because in Criminal court the burden of proof is on the Prosecutor to send Leach to jail & or the Prosecutor can then file a False report charge on James.

Regardless, Craig James is living in a fantasy world thinking Hance's politicos can get him elected. Even the Democrats state wide are giggling about James running for state senate.


An attorney does not give up

An attorney does not give up a case unless he has a good reason

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