San Diego Unified Port District v. Monsanto Company et al
ORDER: The motions to withdraw Lauren K. Valastro, Melanie Ann McDonald, and Ann L. Al-Bahish as counsel are Granted. (ECF Nos. 227 , 228 , 229 ). Signed by Judge William Q. Hayes on 07/19/2018. (ajs)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SAN DIEGO UNIFIED PORT
DISTRICT, a public corporation;
and CITY OF SAN DIEGO, a
Case No.: 15cv578-WQH-AGS
SOLUTIA INC., and
The matters before the Court are the three motions to withdraw as counsel filed by
counsel for Plaintiff San Diego Unified Port District. (ECF Nos. 227, 228, 229).
On July 17, 2018, Plaintiff San Diego Unified Port District (“the Port District”) filed
three motions requesting that Lauren K. Valastro, Melanie Ann McDonald, and Ann L. AlBahish be withdrawn as counsel because they are no longer working on the case. (ECF
Nos. 227, 228, 229). In declarations filed in support of the motions by William J. Jackson,
counsel for the San Diego Unified Port District, Jackson states that these attorneys are no
longer working on the case, that Kelly Drye & Warren LLP will continue to represent the
Port District, and that withdrawal of these attorneys will not cause any prejudice or delay.
(ECF Nos. 227-1, 228-1, 229-1).
An attorney may not withdraw as counsel except by leave of court. Darby v. City of
Torrance, 810 F. Supp. 275, 276 (C.D. Cal. 1992). The Court has discretion to grant or
deny an attorney’s motion to withdraw in a civil case. See, e.g., Deal v. Countrywide Home
Loans, Case No. C 09-01643 SBA, 2010 WL 3702459 at *2 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 15, 2010);
Washington v. Sherwin Real Estate, Inc., 694 F.2d 1081, 1087 (7th Cir. 1982). Among
other things, courts ruling upon motions to withdraw as counsel have considered,
(1) the reasons counsel seeks to withdraw; (2) the possible prejudice that
withdrawal may cause to other litigants; (3) the harm that withdrawal might
cause to the administration of justice; and (4) the extent to which withdrawal
will delay resolution of the case.
Deal, 2010 WL 3702459 at *2.
After reviewing the record and the reasons for withdrawal, the Court concludes that
there is good cause to grant the motions to withdraw as counsel.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motions to withdraw Lauren K. Valastro,
Melanie Ann McDonald, and Ann L. Al-Bahish as counsel are GRANTED. (ECF Nos.
227, 228, 229).
Dated: July 19, 2018
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