(b) Attendance

Counsel with settlement authority shall attend.  Parties and insurance carrier representatives shall attend unless excused by a prior order of the court, in which case they shall be available by telephone.  Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the United States may be represented solely by an attorney from either the United States Attorney's Office or the Department of Justice, and the State of New Hampshire may be represented solely by an attorney from the Office of the Attorney General, provided that said representatives have settlement authority.