In the Matter of: Everglades Airboat Management, LLC, et al.,
ORDER granting in part 20 Motion to Remove Attorney Signature Block and Contact Information from Pleadings. The Clerk is directed to terminate Gerald A. McGill as counsel of record for claimant Stephen Palmer and remove him from receiving notices of filing. Signed by Magistrate Judge Carol Mirando on 11/17/2014.(ALB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
FORT MYERS DIVISION
IN RE: EVERGLADES AIRBOAT
MANAGEMENT LLC AND EVERGLADES
AIRBOAT RESORTS, LLC, D/B/A CAPTAIN
JACK’S AIRBOAT TOURS (F/K/A CAPTAIN
DOUG’S AIRBOAT TOURS), AS OWNERS,
CHARTERERS, OPERATING MANAGERS OF
THE 2013 18' ALUMITECH AIRBOAT AND
2009 18' ALUMITECH AIRBOAT IN A CAUSE
OF ACTION FOR EXONERATION FROM, OR
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Case No: 2:14-cv-380-FtM-29CM
Before the Court is claimant Stephen Palmer’s Motion to Remove Attorney
Signature Block and Contact Information from Pleadings (Doc. 20), filed on
November 7, 2014. The motion requests that the Court remove the signature block
and contact information of Mr. Palmer’s co-counsel Gerald A. McGill because,
although Mr. McGill is a Florida licensed attorney in good standing, he is not
admitted to the Middle District of Florida and does not seek to become admitted for
purposes of this matter. Doc. 20 at 1, 2. Although the motion does not contain a
certification pursuant to Local Rule 3.01(g) stating that counsel for Mr. Palmer has
conferred with opposing counsel and whether opposing counsel objects to the
requested relief, pursuant to the Local Rules Mr. McGill cannot be counsel of record
absent admission to the Middle District. M.D. Fla. R. 2.01(a) (“No person shall be
permitted to appear or be heard as counsel for another in any proceeding in this Court
unless first admitted to practice in the Court . . . .”).
Moreover, although the Court finds that Mr. McGill should be removed from
this case unless or until he becomes admitted to the Middle District, the Court cannot
edit documents previously filed by counsel to remove the signature block and contact
information for Mr. McGill.
At most, the Court can direct that Mr. McGill be
terminated as counsel of record for Mr. Palmer and removed from receiving further
notices of filing. The Court will do so here.
ACCORDINGLY, it is hereby
The Motion to Remove Attorney Signature Block and Contact Information from
Pleadings (Doc. 20) is GRANTED in part. The Clerk is directed to terminate Gerald
A. McGill as counsel of record for claimant Stephen Palmer and remove him from
receiving notices of filing.
DONE and ORDERED in Fort Myers, Florida on this 17th day of November,
Counsel of record
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