Attorney may not withdraw from an OATH hearing without his or her client’s permission
Health & Hospitals Corp. (Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center) v. Wolf, OATH Index No. 2153/08
Under rules of the New York City’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, an attorney who has filed a notice of appearance may not withdraw from representation without the client's permission or as delineated in the Code of Professional Responsibility.
OATH Administrative Law Judge Ingrid Addison denied an attorney's motion to withdraw based on the accused employee's failure to appear at the hearing and the attorney's inability to contact him.
The ALJ found no indication that the attorney had taken steps to avoid prejudice to the employee, including giving due notice of her intention to withdraw.
The hearing continued not withstanding the employee's absence.