Attorneys withdraw from slip-and-fall case for reasons they can't disclose

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 15, 2015

Leonard K. Hill  

PHILADELPHIA – Counsel for a slip-and-fall plaintiff has requested to leave the litigation, though they cannot elaborate on the reasons for their withdrawal.

Leonard K. Hill and James J. Roman of Leonard K. Hill & Associates in Philadelphia filed a motion to withdraw their appearance on Nov. 4, explaining they were no longer able to represent their client, Mark Tyler of Philadelphia. However, Hill and Roman said due to attorney-client privilege, the reasons for their withdrawal were not able to be disclosed.

Hill and Roman said they asked Tyler for permission to withdraw as his counsel, but Tyler refused. Therefore, the attorneys requested the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas issue a rule notice and schedule a hearing, so the plaintiff can decide what to disclose to the Court. Due to having a contingent fee agreement with their client, Hill and Roman will not be reimbursed for the legal fees they’ve expended on this case.

A hearing in this matter was set for last Thursday in Court chambers, at Philadelphia City Hall.

On Feb. 17, 2014, Tyler was walking on the premises of a residence on the 8300 block of Temple Road in Philadelphia, when he fell due to accumulated ice and snow on the walking surface, he says. 

As a result of the fall, Tyler suffered neck and back injuries he claims are permanent.

The plaintiff is seeking damages not in excess of $50,000 in this case.

The defendant is represented by Daniel C. Fanaselle and Martin C. Bryce Jr. of Ballard Spahr, also in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 150602549

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