When one attorney is covering for another...

How do we handle the appearance of an attorney who is only covering for another attorney? The attorney whose case it is was unable to appear and the firm sent someone else in their place. I see the original attorney's name on the service list. Do both their names go on the appearance list?

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Comment by Anita on December 26, 2012 at 14:31

Court, court, court job.  Two years of depos and then find a nice judge.  There are lots of new ones too!  Do not fool with firms except overflow.  They'll make ya hate reporting.  A good judge will make you love it!

Comment by Quyen on April 14, 2012 at 10:23

I have never made a distinction, unless they specifically tell me, "I'm specially appearing for blah, blah," in which case, I do something similar to Kyung. Where I put who the attorney represents, I will put:

Specially appearing for the Defendant Blank Company:

Law Firm

Attorney name



Comment by Kyung on April 14, 2012 at 7:17

You could put specially appearing.

XYZ Law Firm

By:  John Doe, Esq. (specially appearing)

1111 Main Street

City, State ZIP

Comment by Janet on April 14, 2012 at 3:53


I put the attorney who appeared only.  There are sometimes eight attorneys from a firm involved in the case.  The attorney is appearing on behalf of the party they're representing. 

Comment by Shanna Gray on April 13, 2012 at 21:54

Thanks Mary Jo. That's perfect.

I know what you mean, Rosalie. Usually I don't make much of it. Whoever shows up is whoever shows up. But this time the attorney wrote on his card: "For Mary Smith" (not the real name. Lol)  Since he did it like that and her name was on the proof of service, I thought I should make a note of it on the appearance page.

Comment by Rosalie DeLeonardis on April 13, 2012 at 21:47

I have always listed who was present for the deposition and left it at that.  I never thought about adding the actual noticing attorney's name or thought we even had to.   

Comment by Mary Jo Cochran on April 13, 2012 at 21:19

I deal with that all the time.  Put the attorney who came; next line on behalf of then put the attorney who is listed on the Notice of Deposition (probably a partner).  Then the law firm they represent.

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