Plaintiff's attorney wants removed from case, saying relationship with client is 'irretrievably damaged'

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 9, 2015

Richard T. Kupersmith  

PHILADELPHIA – A plaintiff’s attorney has petitioned to remove himself as counsel in a negligence case, saying irreconcilable differences have developed with his client.

On Sept. 23, Richard T. Kupersmith of Haggerty Goldberg Schleifer & Kupersmith motioned to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas to withdraw his appearance.

Kupersmith said his client, Lisa Anderson, advised him in July she no longer wanted him to represent her, and the attorney asserted the relationship between himself and Anderson was “irretrievably damaged.”

Kupersmith explained that while a writ of summons had been filed, no discovery had taken place and Anderson’s case would not be prejudiced with being presented the opportunity to seek new counsel.

Though a continuance rescheduled an arbitration hearing in the matter for Oct. 19, Kupersmith said an official complaint in the case still has not been filed.

A hearing in the matter was set for Friday at Philadelphia City Hall, in court chambers.

The case commenced with Anderson filing a writ of summons on Sept. 30, 2014, relating to a slip-and-fall accident occurring at her prior place of employment, New England Pizza in Philadelphia. Also named as defendants in the writ were Roccorp Inc. and Frammajo Inc., who trade as New England Pizza.

On Oct. 4, 2013, Anderson fell on a wet floor surface while at work. According to court records, New England Pizza was uninsured, and Anderson also decided to pursue a workers’ compensation claim in addition to the instant case.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 140904106

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