January 25, 2017 civil procedure

What Can You Disclose in Moving to Withdraw as Counsel?

Advice on how much to tell your judge when you're making your motion to withdraw

By Charles S. Fax

A colleague recently called me with a seemingly simple question. Approaching trial, she was in an irreconcilable conflict with her client over several matters, including fees. She had to withdraw from the case. How much should she tell the judge in making her motion to withdraw? My flippant answer—“as little as necessary”—simply restated her question—“how much is necessary?” There is no clear answer.

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