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§ 152.6. Attorney Withdrawal

(a) An attorney withdrawing representation must submit a notice of withdrawal under subsection (b) of this section or a motion to withdraw under subsection (d) of this section and comply with the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas, including surrendering papers and property to the client as required.

(b) An attorney must submit a notice of withdrawal in the form and manner prescribed by the division when:

(1) the attorney withdraws representation and a motion to withdraw under subsection (d) of this section is not required; or

(2) the attorney’s representation is terminated by the attorney’s client.

(c) An attorney must submit a notice of withdrawal under subsection (b) of this section to the division by personal delivery, first class mail, or facsimile no later than the 10th day following withdrawal. An attorney must provide a copy of the notice to the attorney’s client and the opposing party by personal delivery, first class mail, or electronic transmission on the same day the notice is submitted to the division. The notice of withdrawal must include:

(1) the attorney’s name, bar card number, and contact information;

(2) the law firm name, if applicable;

(3) the injured employee’s name, contact information, date of injury, and DWC claim number;

(4) the beneficiary’s name, contact information, and social security number, if applicable;

(5) the insurance carrier name;

(6) the effective date of the attorney’s withdrawal of representation under paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (b); and

(7) the attorney’s signature.

(d) Except when the attorney’s representation is terminated by the attorney’s client, an attorney withdrawing representation must submit a motion to withdraw to the division, and receive a division order granting the motion to withdraw, after notice of a scheduled benefit review conference or contested case hearing has been received and until resolution of the disputed issues through the division’s dispute resolution process provided in Labor Code Chapter 410, Subchapters A – E.

(e) The motion to withdraw must provide good cause for withdrawing from the case and a certification that states:

(1) the attorney’s client has knowledge of and has approved or refused to approve the withdrawal; or

(2) the attorney made a good faith effort to notify the attorney’s client and the attorney’s client cannot be located.

(f) An attorney must submit the motion to withdraw to the division by personal delivery, first class mail, or facsimile. An attorney must also provide a copy of the motion to the attorney’s client and the opposing party by personal delivery, first class mail, or electronic transmission on the same day the motion is submitted to the division.

(g) The administrative law judge will determine whether good cause exists for the attorney’s withdrawal based on Rule 1.15 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and other factors, including:

(1) how close in time the attorney withdrawal is to a scheduled benefit review conference or contested case hearing;

(2) the amount of attorney fees that have been requested and approved by the division;

(3) whether the attorney is willing to waive payment of any portion of the approved fees;

(4) the attorney’s reason for the withdrawal; and

(5) whether the attorney’s client refused to approve the withdrawal, if applicable.

(h) If the administrative law judge determines good cause does not exist for the attorney’s withdrawal, the attorney must continue to represent the party until resolution of the disputed issues through the division’s dispute resolution process provided in Labor Code Chapter 410, Subchapters A – E.

(i) This section does not prevent the attorney’s client from terminating the attorney-client relationship or notifying the division of the termination of the attorney-client relationship. If the attorney’s client notifies the division of a termination, the attorney is not relieved of the duty to submit to the division a notice of withdrawal under subsection (b) of this section.

(j) This section is effective January 30, 2017.

The provisions of this §152.6 adopted to be effective January 30, 2017, 41 TexReg 10624; amended to be effective January 7, 2019, 44 TexReg 111.

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§ 152.6. Attorney Withdrawal

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