Attorney states he/she will not attend either deposition or mediation. ONLY via phone. I am uncomfortable with this and have learned in this forum that the attorney must have an excellent reason for failure to attend at least the mediation. How do I challenge that decision not to be with during this serious phase of my case? Do I have any legal recourse to demand he/she attend in person rather than phone? Would the copy of the Court Order provide the reason(s) and if so, how do I obtain same? Time is of the essence as both will occur in less than 3 weeks and I was notified 72 hrs. ago.