The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER VACATING HEARING ON DEFENDANT'S COUNSEL'S MOTION TO WITHDRAW AND DEEMING MOTION SUBMITTED ON THE PAPERS (DOC. 148) Vacated Hearing Date: September 14, 2009 Time: 9:00 a.m.
ORDER GRANTING THE MOTION OF DEFENDANT'S COUNSEL TO WITHDRAW FROM THE CASE (DOC. 148) ORDER DIRECTING THE CLERK TO UPDATE THE DOCKET TO REFLECT DEFENDANT'S PRO SE STATUS AND ADDRESS INFORMATIONAL ORDER TO DEFENDANT AND ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TELEPHONIC STATUS CONFERENCE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 14, 2009, AT 3:00 P.M.
Plaintiff is proceeding with a civil action in this Court. The matter has been referred to the Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Rules 72-302(c)(1) and 72-303.
Pending before the Court is the motion of Darryl J. Horowitt, counsel for Defendant Eissa Aboumaali, to withdraw as counsel of record, which was filed and served on August 28, 2009, along with declarations of Darryl J. Horowitt and Eissa Aboumaali in support of the motion.
I. Vacating the Hearing on Counsel's Motion to Withdraw
Pursuant to Rule 78-230(h) of the Local Rules of Practice for the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, the Court finds that the motion of Defendant's counsel Darryl J. Horowitt to withdraw as counsel for Defendant Eissa Aboumaali is a matter that may appropriately be submitted upon the record and briefs.
Accordingly, the hearing on the motion, presently set for September 14, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., IS VACATED, and the motion IS DEEMED SUBMITTED to the Court for decision.
II. Counsel's Motion to Withdraw
Review of the docket entries reflect that electronic service of the motion and supporting papers was effected on all counsel; further, a proof of service establishes that on August 28, 2009, the motion and all related papers were served by mail on Joe J. Quintana, Abel J. Mireles, and Sam Saliba.
Further, in a declaration under penalty of perjury, Mr. Horowitt declares that Defendant Eissa Aboumaali's address and telephone number are as follows: 4133 W. Ellery Way, Fresno, California 93722; (559) 447-8789.
Declarations of counsel and Defendant Aboumaali establish that Defendant and counsel both freely consent to the substitution of Defendant Aboumaali for Mr. Horowitt. Further, in view of the fact that the action is at the settlement stage, no prejudice will result. No opposition has been filed by any party to the motion.
Local Rule 83-182 provides that an attorney may request withdrawal if grounds exist pursuant to the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California. Rule 3-700(C)(5) of those rules permits withdrawal if the client knowingly and freely assets to termination of the employment.
Here, the client's consent is established by the declarations, and the lack of prejudice is established by the stage of the proceedings as well as the absence of any opposition to the motion.
Good cause having been shown, and in view of the lack of opposition to the motion, the motion of Darryl J. Horowitt on behalf of himself and Coleman & Horowitt, LLP, to withdraw as ...