BRINSON v. Abbott Laboratories Inc
ORDER denying 15 Motion to Appoint Counsel. Ordered by Judge Hugh Lawson on 1/22/2013. (nbp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
RONALD A. BRINSON,
Civil Action No. 7:12-cv-47 (HL)
Before the court is Plaintiff Ronald A. Brinson’s Motion for Appointment of
Counsel (Doc. 15). In his Motion, Plaintiff argues that his case warrants the
appointment of an attorney because of the sophisticated nature of Defendant
“A plaintiff in a civil case has no constitutional right to counsel.” Bass v.
Perrin, 170 F.3d 1312, 1320 (11th Cir. 1999). It is within the court’s discretion to
appoint counsel for civil plaintiffs unable to retain an attorney on their own, but
appointment is appropriate “only in exceptional circumstances.” Id. These
exceptional circumstances exist “where the facts and legal issues are so novel or
complex as to require the assistance of a trained practitioner.” Fowler v. Jones,
899 F.2d 1088, 1096 (11th Cir. 1990).
The Court requested and received the pro bono services of attorney C.
Andrew Childers who investigated the merits of Plaintiff’s case and who
thereafter declined to represent Plaintiff. Based on this investigation, the Court
will not appoint counsel for Plaintiff.
With Mr. Childers’ investigation concluded, the case will proceed.
Discovery will be reopened so that the parties may conduct any discovery
necessary. Discovery will now end on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. All motions to
join other parties or otherwise amend the pleadings shall be filed on Thursday,
April 4, or thirty days after the expiration of discovery. Dispositive motions will be
due on Friday, April 19, 2013, or forty-five days after the expiration of discovery.
SO ORDERED, this 22nd day of January, 2013.
s/ Hugh Lawson
HUGH LAWSON, SENIOR JUDGE
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