Kerrigan v. QBE Insurance Corporation
MINUTE ORDER striking attorney Ian Matthew Johnson's 14 Notice of Withdrawal of Counsel. Until Mr. Johnson withdraws in accordance with the Local Civil Rules, he shall continue as the attorney of record for Plaintiff. Authorized by Judge Ricardo S Martinez. (PM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
MARY ANN KERRIGAN,
Case No. C16-1637 RSM
MINUTE ORDER STRIKING NOTICE OF
WITHDRAWAL OF COUNSEL
QBE INSURANCE CORPORATION,
The following MINUTE ORDER is made by direction of the Court, the Honorable
Ricardo S. Martinez, Chief United States District Judge:
On February 14, 2017, Plaintiff’s attorney, Ian Matthew Johnson, filed a Notice of Intent
to Withdraw. Dkt. #14. In that notice, Mr. Johnson states his intent to withdraw as attorney of
record for Plaintiff “effective immediately.” Id. at 1. Mr. Johnson also proclaims, erroneously,
that his “withdrawal shall be effective without order of court unless an objection to the
withdrawal is served upon said withdrawing attorney within ten (10) days.” Id. Mr. Johnson is
incorrect. With the exception of a change of counsel within the same law firm, no attorney shall
withdraw an appearance in any case, civil or criminal, except by leave of court. LCR 83.2(b)(1).
Here, because Mr. Johnson fails to comply with Local Civil Rule 83.2, the Court STRIKES Mr.
Johnson’s Notice of Withdrawal of Counsel.
Attorneys can obtain leave to withdraw as counsel by filing a motion, noted in
accordance with LCR 7(d)(3), or a stipulation and proposed order for withdrawal. Id. Motions
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for withdrawal must include certification that the motion was served on the client and opposing
counsel. Id. Withdrawal without substitution can be accomplished by motion if the motion
includes the party’s address and telephone number. Id.
Accordingly, because Mr. Johnson fails to comply with LCR 83.2, the Court STRIKES
Mr. Johnson’s Notice of Withdrawal of Counsel. Until Mr. Johnson withdraws in accordance
with the Local Civil Rules, he shall continue as the attorney of record for Plaintiff.
See LCR 83.2(b)(6).
DATED this 17th day of February 2017.
RICARDO S. MARTINEZ
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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