United States District Court, D. Nevada
September 8, 2014
KRISTINE JENSEN, Plaintiff,
CHRISTENSEN LAW OFFICES, L.L.C., et al., Defendants.
CAM FERENBACH, Magistrate Judge.
Before the Court is Motion of Attorney Kathleen J. England to Withdraw as Attorney of Record for Plaintiff. (#32).
On December 5, 2013, Defendants filed a Petition for Removal from the Eighth Judicial District Court. (#1). Defendants' Motion to Dismiss was filed on December 23, 2013. (#11). On June 18, 2014, the Defendants filed a motion to stay discovery pending the court's ruling on Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. (#27). On August 12, 2014, Plaintiff's counsel filed the instant motion to withdraw as counsel. (#32). To date, no opposition has been filed. The discovery plan and scheduling order is now due November 13, 2014.
Motion To Withdraw As Counsel (#32):
Kathleen J. England, Esq. seeks to withdraw as counsel for Plaintiff Kristine Jensen. (#32). Ms. England cites irreconcilable differences between her and Plaintiff. Plaintiff asked Ms. England to file the motion to withdraw as counsel from this case. The court notes that the plaintiff, Kristine Jensen, is a licensed Nevada attorney, bar number 9302. On January 24, 2006, Ms. Jensen was admitted to practice in this court.
Pursuant to Local Rule IA 10-6(b), "[n]o attorney may withdraw after appearing in a case except by leave of [c]ourt after notice has been served on the affected client and opposing counsel." "Except for good cause shown, no withdrawal or substitution shall be approved if delay of discovery, the trial or any hearing in the case would result." LR IA 10-6(e). Nevada Rule of Professional Conduct 1.16(b)(5) provides that a lawyer may withdraw if the "client fails substantially to fulfill an obligation to the lawyer regarding the lawyer's services and has been given reasonable warning that the lawyer will withdraw unless the obligation is fulfilled."
Based on Plaintiff's counsel's representation of irreconcilable differences and Plaintiff's request that Ms. England withdraws from this case, the Court permits Ms. England to withdraw. LR IA 10-6(b); NRPC 1.16(b)(5). Plaintiff's Motion to Dismiss is fully briefed and pending in this action. Plaintiff has sufficient time to retain new counsel, if she so choses, before the discovery plan and scheduling order is due. The Court finds that permitting Ms. England to withdraw would not result in delay. LR IA 10-6(e).
Accordingly, and for good cause shown,
IT IS ORDERED that the Motion of Attorney Kathleen J. England to Withdraw as Attorney of Record for Plaintiff (#32) is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court will mail a copy of this order to Plaintiff at the following address:
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff must either retain counsel or file a notice of appearing pro se within 30 days from the entry of this order.