Can the Other Party Stop Me From Firing My Attorney?
An attorney may be dismissed by the client, in order to hire a new attorney, and the client may request delivery of the non-privileged file documents. A motion for withdrawal is filed in court by the attorney and then a later hired attorney files an appearance or substitution of attorney notice.
Generally, it is up to the client to terminate representation, not the opposing party. In some cases, the court's permission may be required for an attorney to withdraw representation. A motion for leave to withdraw and a continuance to obtain new counsel may be filed, depending on the circumstances involved.