seeks to defend Ford
, D-Harlingen, is asking a judge to delay the case of a quadriplegic woman who is suing Ford Motor Co.
until after the end of the legislative session so that the legislator-lawyer can participate in the companyâ€s defense.
...The motion states that Ford hired Solis, a democratic state representative from Harlingen, to assist in the case and that Solis is attending the legislative session in Austin until May 30.
involvement, saying he
did not join the legal team with the sole purpose of asking for a continuance.
The defendants approached Solis
to help with the case "a couple of months ago," and they later decided to pursue the continuance, Solis
plans to take an active role in the case regardless of whether the continuance is granted, he
said the nature of the case is consistent with his
area of specialty.He
has worked primarily in wrongful death cases, for defendants and plaintiffs, he
"This is a full-blown, Iâ€m-being-involved, paid-by-the-hour, case," Solis
said."Thereâ€s nothing different from this case and other cases that defense lawyers do."Solis
defended the fairness of state laws that allow legislators to ask for a continuance, just as other lawyers do for a variety of reasons.As part-time legislators, they have to make a living even while they are making laws, he
"Itâ€s a tool, itâ€s lawful, itâ€s ethical and we use it," Solis
said."Lawyers use it every day."
uses the tool sparingly, he
On Friday, Solis
was in the Rio Grande Valley while the Legislature met to tend to cases in which he
did not ask for continuances, he
"Continuances are done and filed every day in the hundreds, if not thousands, in Texas courts."Solis
said."And I have a right to file a continuance in every case, and I donâ€t do that."Solis
would not say how much he
was paid to represent Ford
"Iâ€m not going to discuss my fee," he
said."It was not $50,000, thatâ€s for sure.I wish it was."Solis
said Fuentes might have to wait longer to pay her medical bills, regardless of a continuance.
"Whether itâ€s a continuance or not, to go to trial, itâ€s one of those issues that you just donâ€t do overnight," Solis