After reading your reply, I now doubt that it is a required State deposition or mediation. Sounds as if the ins. carrier is demanding both, rather than the State. Although I have attempted to stress to his "secretary/assistant/?" I needed to speak with him ASAP, she stated a week from the date of my request was the best she could do. I realized, from other responses, that for my attny. NOT to appear is unusual and basically considered unacceptable. Looks as if I may need to seek different counsel as quickly as I can after determining who ordered the deposition and mediation and his reason for not appearing at either. Thanks for the heads-up.
Since your excellent advice I have since been advised of the website where I can peruse my case by another attorney here and that info proved invaluable to me .You are indeed correct when stating I have valid concerns. The only info I was provided was where/when to present for deposition and then mediation. (Along w/the fact my counsel will NOT be present; learning he indicated he is more than 50 mi. away (90 actually) and I agreed that he could appear only telephonically. I was never even asked, nor told that he might NOT appear. Issues? Absolutely. Feeling as if I will be at a distinct disadvantage? No doubt. I will keep our phone appointment but have little doubt he will be pleased I have been able to actually locate my case (never provided to me) and peruse all aspects of the website info--some of which is alarmingly in error.
UPDATE: My attorney stated "I will not waste my time driving 4 hours just to attend a deposition and then a 15 minute mediation the next week. I can do everything I need to by phone". He gave me the choice to find a new attorney, but at this late date I do not see this as a viable possiblity. He considers both meetings mundanely routine with no effort needed on his part to travel 90 miles (each way) to attend. I am disillusioned by this and felt an update needed to be posted.
I suspect you would have no problem finding another attorney. It sounds as if this attorney took a case in a jurisdiction far away from where he is. My philosophy is that if I am too far away to handle matters personally, I should not take that case.