On Monday, March 4, 2024, the Commission for Lawyer Discipline filed a Petition for Compulsory Discipline against attorney Mason William Herring with the Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Mason William Herring,” with case no. 69030.

According to the petition, in November 2022, Herring was indicted in Harris County on a charge of Assault of a Pregnant Person for allegedly causing bodily injury to his pregnant wife Catherine Herring by giving her a substance containing the drug misoprostol on March 17, 2022.

In December 2022, Herring was indicted on an additional charge of Attempted Injury to a Child for allegedly attempting to cause serious bodily injury to his unborn child J.G.H. by the same act of giving misoprostol to Catherine Herring while knowing she was pregnant.

On February 7, 2024, Herring pleaded guilty to both felony charges in the 185th District Court of Harris County. For the Assault of a Pregnant Person charge, Herring received a 10-year prison sentence, which was suspended and was placed on 10 years of community supervision. He was also ordered to serve 180 days in county jail.

For the Attempted Injury to a Child charge, Herring also received a 10-year suspended prison sentence and was placed on 10 years of community supervision, with the additional condition of serving 180 days in county jail. Both judgments included various standard conditions of community supervision.

The petition alleged the offenses Herring pleaded guilty to were intentional crimes and serious crimes under the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. It requested the Board enter an order disbarring Herring as required by Rule 8.05 for intentional crimes resulting in a final conviction.

Attached to the petition were certified copies of the indictments and judgments of conviction, as well as an affidavit from the Assistant Disciplinary Counsel attesting that Herring is the same individual who was convicted.

If disbarred, Herring would lose his license to practice law in the state of Texas. The Board will review the petition and evidence at a hearing to determine the appropriate disciplinary action in this matter

The petition states:

“WHEREFORE, PREMISES CONSIDERED, Petitioner prays that Respondent be given notice of these proceedings as provided by law and, upon hearing of this matter, that the Board enter its order disbarring Respondent and for such other and further relief to which Petitioner may be entitled to receive, including costs of court and attorney’s fees.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Herring is an oil & gas attorney in Houston, Texas. He attended the South Texas College of Law, graduating in 2010. He acquired his law license in Texas in 2011.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.