Norval v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company et al

Filing 24

ORDER granting 23 Motion to withdraw as counsel. Attorney Karolyn Ann Hicks is terminated as counsel for Interpleader Counter-Defendant Janine Haug. Signed by Judge James L. Robart. (PM) cc: Janine Haug via the USPS

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 8 9 10 SALLY NORVAL, CASE NO. C17-0704JLR Plaintiff, 11 v. 12 13 ORDER GRANTING AMENDED MOTION TO WITHDRAW AS COUNSEL METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, et al., 14 Defendants. 15 Before the court is Karolyn Hicks’s amended motion to withdraw as counsel for 16 Interpleader Counter-Defendant Janine Haug. (Am. Mot. (Dkt. # 23).) Local Civil Rule 17 83.2(b)(1) provides that unless there is a change of counsel within the same law firm, an 18 attorney may withdraw from representation only by leave of court. Local Rules W.D. 19 Wash. LCR 83.2(b)(1). “Leave shall be obtained by filing a motion or a stipulation and 20 proposed order for withdrawal . . . .” Id. The court will ordinarily permit an attorney to 21 withdraw until 60 days before the discovery cut-off. Id. A motion for withdrawal “shall 22 ORDER - 1 1 include a certification that the motion was served on the client and opposing counsel.” 2 Id. In addition, if the attorney’s withdrawal will leave a party unrepresented, the motion 3 must include that party’s address and telephone number. Id. 4 Ms. Hicks and the firm Stokes Lawrence, P.S. move to withdraw as counsel of 5 record for Ms. Haug. (See Am. Mot. at 1.) Because the amended motion complies with 6 the requirements for attorney withdrawal set forth in Local Civil Rule 83.2(b), the court 7 GRANTS the amended motion to withdraw (Dkt. # 23). 8 Dated this 8th day of September, 2017. 9 10 A 11 JAMES L. ROBART United States District Judge 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ORDER - 2

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