Milford, CT asked in Legal Malpractice for Connecticut

Q: i signed an agreement with an attorney and now he's saying he doesn't intend make an appearance on my behalf.

i have a pending lawsuit against my former employer. the attorney i had, left the firm but told me the firm's partner would take the case. he's licensed in Ct and Ny. i have a signed agreement, put down a retainer and the rest was on contingency. now I'm being told i signed an agreement with the specific attorney, which is not true. the attorney will not answer emails or take my calls. he stated to represent myself in federal court and that he does not intend on making an appearance on my behalf even though i signed an agreement with the firm. he states he's not licensed in CT which he is and doesn't know CT law or CT federal law. it's a federal suit, I thought federal laws are the same across the country. do i have any recourse or can the attorney just not show up.

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Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: An attorney who appears or files anything in a case cannot drop the case without a substitution of attorney signed by the client or an Order from the Court.

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