1. First question is your arrangement contingency or hourly? If hourly, then the attorney is only going to put in effort (i.e. his time) in relation to how much you are paying him.
2. In any event, the two of you should discuss a proposed plan of attack. You should understand what discovery is or should take place and what the trade off is in working for an early settlement (for less money, but at less invested cost) vs. litigating aggressively (incurring more costs and possibly fees) in the hopes of a better result.
3. This analysis should also factor in the time value of money and your willingness to incur risk. For example., to net $10,000 today versus the potential of netting $30,000 next year would likely be acceptable to some people and unacceptable to others. These are things your attorney needs to know and considerations you should undertake in order for the two of you to make intelligent decisions as to how to resolve your case.
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Facts are important in any legal analysis. You have not provided any. An attorney is not an indentured servant. There is nothing in the scenario you posit that speaks of bad faith, breach of any fiduciary duty, or client abandonment. The attorney alone controls the handling of the case. Your option, if you do not like how it is being handled, is to retain different counsel. Your attorney, from what you write, intends to exercise the prerogative of an attorney to file a motion for leave to withdraw. You can cut to the chase and voluntarily relieve your attorney. From what you write it appears both of you will be happier once you part ways.
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