Local Counsel Services and Pro Hac Vice Admission

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURTS

Lawyers not admitted to the District of Columbia Bar may not appear in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals without complying with D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49 which provides for exceptions including pro hac vice admission.  Pro hac vice admission in the District requires association with local counsel licensed in the District who will sign all filings and attend all proceedings (unless attendance is waived).

FEDERAL COURTS

In general,  attorneys who are not members of the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia may be heard in open court only by permission of the judge to whom the case is assigned, unless otherwise provided by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Local Rule 83.2(c) requires that a member in good standing join in the representation and sign all papers filed.

Patrick Sullivan is a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and can appear as local counsel, familiarize you with the local rules, sponsor your pro hac vice admission, review and file court pleadings and briefs, and ensure that your D.C. litigation runs smoothly.