Special Appearance Law and Legal Definition

A special appearance is made in court by an attorney representing a client on behalf of their regular attorney of record or for a particular session of court. An attorney may make a special appearance to protect the interests of a potential client but before a fee has been paid or arranged because the attorney has not committed to represent the client in all future matters."

A special appearance is dsitinguished from a general appearance, in which the attorney represents the client in all future matters, hearings and trial of the case unless he/she is allowed to withdraw or is substituted by another attorney.