Disqualification is not necessary just because a lawyer is a “necessary witness” in a case if another lawyer is ready to take the reins when the case goes to trial, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled.

“An attorney may continue to represent a client in an action in which he will be called as a witness up to the actual trial in the case,” U.S. District Judge John R. Padova wrote in his five-page opinion in George v. Wausau Insurance Co.