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Loncar hardly ever took time to prepare a case, even those he decided to try with Shirer, the former associate says. He'd just grab the client's file the day of the trial and wing it, Shirer says.
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, which certifies lawyers as experts in areas such as criminal law or family law, concluded in 1994 that Loncar did not have enough experience as a personal injury trial lawyer to sit for their exam. Loncar told Texas Lawyer that he was shunned because of a "good ol' boy thing at the board."
Shirer, who was working with Loncar at the time, says it was no secret among plaintiffs' lawyers and those who defend the insurance companies that Loncar was not the one preparing and trying the cases his office brought to court.
Because most clients would never see a lawyer through most of the process, they were usually irate by the time their cases got to him, Shirer says.
The Dallas Better Business Bureau reports that Loncar, a bureau member since 1988, nonetheless has a "satisfactory record" with no customer complaints.
"Brian's ads didn't bring in the best-educated clients," Shirer says. "They weren't even blue-collar. I don't think a lot of them would know who the Better Business Bureau is."
One particularly good source of injury claims was those people whom Loncar's office had represented in the past on criminal matters. "For some reason," Shirer says, "criminals tend to get in a lot of accidents."
With Loncar keeping up the heat to produce settlements and revenue, his office was often a demanding place to work.
Tara Felmly, who began working for Loncar in November 1995 as an office manager, gives a baleful diary of life in Loncar's employ in a lawsuit she filed in state district court in June. Loncar would repeatedly scream obscenities at her, refer to her in vulgar terms, and on some days confine her to her office--or "hole," as he would call it--she says in the suit.
It wasn't uncommon for him to refer to women in the office as "bitch," "fuckin' cunt," or "pussy," Felmly claims, adding that he referred to one of the abstract paintings in the office as a picture of a clitoris.
Talking repeatedly about his sex life, Loncar once told Felmly about a bachelor party that he attended where he got "head" and had two women go at him at once, she alleges. She also says that he spoke about his "wife giving him a blow job in a carriage," and "told employees that if their wives did not give them blow jobs, that they should not get married."
One day--Felmly alleges in her suit--Loncar told her he was in a great mood, because he and his wife "fucked four times yesterday." Loncar told her that if his wife divorced him, he would go for anyone between 21 and 40. He said women like him for the money, travel, and the "good fuck" he could give them, she claims.
When a job needed to be filled, Loncar told her to hire a cute Hispanic girl "with big tits" whom he could "bone" if his marriage went sour, Felmly claims in her suit. He specifically told her "not to hire any niggers," she says.
Another pending lawsuit, brought in federal court last May by Cindy Alcoze, Felmly's predecessor in the office manager job, makes some of the same general accusations.
Alcoze worked for Loncar from September 1993 to September 1995 as his personal assistant, then office manager, earning $42,000 a year.
In her lawsuit, she accuses Loncar of subjecting women in the office to constant sexual harassment. Specifically, she lists "Loncar's constant use of derogatory terms to and about women, changing clothes in front of Alcoze and others," comments about Alcoze's and other women's breasts and other aspects of their anatomy, inquiries into other women's sexual activities, "descriptions to Alcoze and the other women of Loncar's various sexual escapades," and his attempts to compel her and other women to discuss their sex lives in office meetings.
Alcoze and Felmly would not discuss their claims, but two other female former employees concurred in interviews that Loncar could be lewd and harassing.
In a sworn affidavit, former Loncar file clerk Adela Plasek says he asked her a lot of inappropriate questions when she interviewed for the position, including "Do you have a boyfriend?" "Are you on the pill?" and "Are you anytime soon planning on having children?"
"I really wanted out of my last job, so I kind of ignored it," Plasek says.
"I do not think this is a sane man," she writes in her statement. "One particular time, he bent over and pulled down his shorts and showed his bare buttocks to myself and two other employees to show us the difference in his tan."
Linscomb, the former adjuster, says Loncar would often talk about his sex life, going into things such as "how he and his wife really had a time together."
"He'd mention previous acts too," she says. "How two women and himself would do it. 'Fifteen to fifty [years old], it doesn't matter,' those were his words," Linscomb recalls.
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