An attorney representing a woman seeking $100,000 in damages from an Ocala medical office has withdrawn from the lawsuit in light of a lack of communication with his former client.
Mark A. Cornelius, a Maitland-based attorney, has withdrawn himself from Donna Callahan’s lawsuit against Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center.
Cornelius filed a motion to withdraw as counsel for Callahan on November 29, 2023, just under four months from when the initial complaint was filed.
According to the motion, Cornelius says that conflicts have arisen with Callahan that make him “unable to continue effectively and properly” as her attorney.
“The undersigned has not been able to communicate with Plaintiff for over a month despite multiple attempts,” reads the motion.
Cornelius lists Callahan’s current address in Lakeland and says that he has “expended time and costs in this matter.” In the motion, he asks the court to “place a lien on any recovery pending resolution of the fees and costs” in the case.
In her lawsuit, Callahan claims she was walking around the Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center, which is located at 2651 SW 32nd Place, in November 2019 when she allegedly slipped and sustained injuries.
The complaint says the incident took place at night and alleges that Callahan’s injuries were caused by “insufficient lighting and/or a dangerous walking area.”
Over the course of September and October, attorneys representing the center and the additional defendants, 32nd Place LLC and Dr. Haris Mirza, filed affirmative defenses, answers to interrogatories, and also served Callahan with interrogatories.
No additional filings have been made on Callahan’s behalf in the case.