HOUSTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A judge agreed to have a leading Houston attorney represent three children who were orphaned this summer when their parents' minivan struck another vehicle.
Richard Mithoff was given the green light by a probate judge to pursue any potential lawsuit stemming from the July 2 head-on collision near Fort Stockton, Texas, that left Joshua and Robin Berry dead.
The driver of the other vehicle, Michael Doyle, 31, of Phoenix, was apparently distracted moments before the crash. His wife, Colleen, died in the wreck.
The Houston Chronicle Thursday described Mithoff as a prominent lawyer in the city who was a lead attorney in lawsuits over the BP oil spill and the 2005 bus crash that killed 23 nursing-home residents who were being evacuated ahead of Hurricane Rita.
The newspaper said Mithoff had agreed to represent the Berry children, ages 6, 8, and 9, pro bono in any future lawsuit. He also agreed to a reduced fee from any settlement of a product liability action against the manufacturer of the minivan.