Simpson v. McNack et al

Filing 94

ORDER by Judge Edward M. Chen Granting 90 Plaintiff's Attorney's Motion to Withdraw. Attorney Daniel Ralph Richardson terminated effective 6/26/2009. (emcsec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/29/2009) Modified on 5/29/2009 (emcsec, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 v. OFFICER A. McNACK, et al., Defendants. ___________________________________/ The Richardson law firm, counsel for Plaintiff Gordon Simpson, has filed a motion to withdraw as counsel for Mr. Simpson. A hearing was held on the motion on May 27, 2009. Having considered the motion to withdraw, as well as the representations of both Mr. Richardson and Mr. Simpson made at the May 27 hearing, the Court hereby GRANTS the motion. "In the Northern District of California, the conduct of counsel is governed by the standards of professional conduct required of members of the State Bar of California, including the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California." Hill Design Group v. Wang, No. C 04-521 JF (RS), 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93449, at *11 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 11, 2006). Under California Rule of Professional Conduct 3-700, counsel may withdraw from representation if, inter alia, the client's "conduct renders it unreasonably difficult for the [attorney] to carry out the employment effectively." Cal. R. Prof. Conduct 3-700(C)(1)(d). In the instant case, it is clear that the relationship between counsel and Mr. Richardson has deteriorated such that counsel can no longer effectively represent Mr. Simpson. Accordingly, the motion to withdraw is granted. GORDON SIMPSON, Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY'S MOTION TO WITHDRAW (Docket No. 90) No. C-06-4837 EMC UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 The withdrawal, however, is not effective immediately. Rather, the withdrawal shall be effective as of June 26, 2009. Prior to that date, Mr. Simpson may elect to have his deposition completed and have the Richardson law firm represent him at the continued deposition. Regardless of whether Mr. Simpson makes that election, the Richardson's law firm's representation of Mr. Simpson shall terminate as of June 26, 2009. With the exception of the continued deposition (should Mr. Simpson make the above election), all other proceedings in this case are stayed until July 29, 2009 to give Mr. Simpson an opportunity to find counsel to represent him and to have that counsel make an appearance with this Court. All papers and pleadings shall be served on Mr. Simpson at the last known address provided by counsel -- which is 1090 B Street, #139, Hayward, California 94546 -- unless Mr. Simpson notifies the Court that a different address should be used.1 If no appearance by counsel is made by the above date, the stay will be lifted and the case shall proceed and Mr. Simpson shall continue with this case pro per. On July 29, 2009, at 2:30 p.m., the Court shall hold a further case management conference. The parties should file a joint case management conference statement by July 22, 2009 to provide the Court with an update on the case. All previous case management deadlines, as set forth in the Court's case management scheduling order of March 12, 2009, see Docket No. 89, are hereby VACATED. The Court will issue new dates in a separate case management order. /// /// /// /// /// /// /// United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 The last known telephone number for Mr. Simpson is (510) 887-0394. As above, the Court will use this number, if needed, to communicate with Mr. Simpson unless he notifies the Court otherwise. 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Upon receipt of this order, the Richardson law firm shall serve a copy of this order on Mr. Simpson and shall file a proof of service with this Court. This order disposes of Docket No. 90. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: May 29, 2009 _________________________ EDWARD M. CHEN United States Magistrate Judge United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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