Substitution of Attorney


General Information

Pursuant to Local Rule 9010-2, when an attorney seeks to substitute for another attorney, the substituting attorney must file local form, Notice of Substitution of Attorney. The Notice of Substitution of Attorney must be filed in every case in which the substitution will occur. A multi-case Substitution of Attorney event is available if an attorney must file 30 or more Notices of Substitution. Contact the CM/ECF help desk for additional information on the multi-case filing event.

IMPORTANT: An attorney may not file a Notice of Substitution of Attorney when their client will proceed pro se. In this instance, the attorney must file a Motion to Withdraw as Attorney.

For instructions on filing a Substitution of Attorney in an adversary case, click here.

STEP 1           Select  Bankruptcy from main menu

STEP 2           Select  Misc. Events category

STEP 3           Enter case number; click [NEXT]

STEP 4           Select Substitution of Attorney from drop down list; click [NEXT]

STEP 5           If this is a joint filing with another attorney, place a check in the box and click [NEXT].  If this is not a joint filing, click [NEXT] to skip this screen.

STEP 6           Select the Party you represent or click  Add/Create New Party

TIP - If this is the first time you are appearing on behalf of this party, you will be asked to create an association between the attorney and client on the next screen as shown below:

Please be aware that unchecking the association check box will prevent you from receiving Notices of Electronic Filing in this case.

STEP 7           Upload the Notice of Substitution of Attorney in PDF format; click [NEXT]

STEP 8           Select the attorney no longer associated with the case; click [NEXT]

STEP 9           Search for Attorney screen displays.  Enter your last name in the Last Name field; click [SEARCH]

STEP 10         Select your name from the Attorney Search Results list, ckick [SELECT NAME FROM LIST]

STEP 11         Confirm your information, click [ADD ATTORNEY]

STEP 12         Select the Party you will represent in the case, click [NEXT]


STEP 14         Display informs user to edit the docket text on the next screen, click [NEXT]

STEP 15         Docket text displays.  Edit to indicate the proper representations, click [NEXT]

Substitution of Attorney  terminating Michael Jones and  adding James Smith as attorney for Robert Small. Filed by James Smith on behalf of  Robert Small .    (Smith, James)

STEP 16         Click [NEXT] to continue.           

STEP 17         FINAL docket text displays, click [NEXT] to continue.

STEP 18         Notice of Electronic Filing displays.