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Is the employee of a corporation "party to the underlying action" for purposes of service of process?

Los Angeles, CA |

Can an employee of a party corporation sign proofs of service on behalf of the corporation?

Although the corporation itself is a party, does that also make all of its employees "parties" as well for purposes of serving documents (personally or by mail)?

If not, can in-house counsel for a corporation sign proofs of service (he is on an employee payroll)?

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Attorney answers 1


If you're a corporation, you can't represent yourself in legal action. Thus, proofs of service would be signed by your attorney or someone from their office.