Law Society Tribunal Regulatory Proceedings for January 2015

TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - The Law Society of Upper Canada regulates the lawyers and paralegals of Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society ensures that all lawyers and licensed paralegals in Ontario meet standards of learning, professional competence and professional conduct that are appropriate for the legal services provided.

The Law Society Tribunal recently heard the following matters. The Tribunal, which is an independent administrative tribunal within the Law Society, is responsible for processing, hearing and deciding these cases.

ORDERS

LAWYERS 

John Paul Abbott (1989) of the City of Toronto
Decision: The Lawyer's licence to practise law shall be revoked effective February 21, 2015.

Sheldon Benjamin (2004) of the City of Mississauga
Decision: The Lawyer's application for an order discharging restrictions that had been placed on his practice by a previous order of the hearing panel, and removing from the Law Society website all references to restrictions that had been placed on his practice was dismissed.

Peter Borkovich (1975) of the City of Hamilton
Decision: The Lawyer was suspended on an interlocutory basis commencing January 7, 2015.

Carolyn Arleen Fitz Gibbon (1989) of the Community of Breslau
Decision: The Lawyer was suspended on October 10, 2014 and continuing until the conclusion of the hearing of the application or until the order is modified by the Tribunal.

Warren Augustine Lyon (2007) of the City of Toronto
Decision: The Lawyer's licence to practise law is revoked.

Warren Augustine Lyon (2007) of the City of Toronto
Decision: The Law Society did not establish that the Respondent is incapacitated.

Claudio Martini (1989) of the City of Windsor
Decision: The Lawyer was suspended on an interim basis on January 5, 2015 pending the adjournment of the motion hearing to January 23, 2015.

Gary Neinstein (1970) of the City of Toronto
Decision: The Lawyer's appeal from the order of May 27, 2014 was allowed only in respect of one allegation of professional misconduct, which was dismissed. Otherwise, the appeal was dismissed. The Lawyer's suspension will begin on February 23, 2015 or another date that may be agreed upon by the parties.

Vivek Nijhawan of the City of Ottawa
Decision: The Lawyer Applicant's application for licensing was dismissed.

Michael Andrew Osborne (1981) of the City of Toronto
Decision: The Lawyer's licence will be revoked effective 30 days from January 29, 2015.

Joseph Paradiso (1973) of the City of Vaughan
Decision: The Law Society's appeal is allowed. The supervision order in term 2 of the Decision and Order dated November 27, 2013 is set aside and replaced with a term requiring the Lawyer to provide the Law Society with an undertaking to consult with a mentor when possible conflict of interest issues arise in his practice in the next two years.

Craig Geoffrey Pinchen (1982) of the City of Waterloo
Decision: The Lawyer is suspended for one month starting on February 1, 2015, and continuing indefinitely until he has provided a complete response to requests from the Law Society.

Peter Vincent Raytek (1984) of the City of Toronto
Decision: The Lawyer was suspended for one month, commencing February 1, 2015 and continuing indefinitely until he has provided a complete response to requests from the Investigations Department.

PARALEGALS

Ali Amiri (2010) of the Town of Oakville
Decision: The Paralegal's appeal is allowed, the Decision and Order of the hearing panel dated February 13, 2014 is set aside, and a new hearing is ordered before a differently constituted panel of the Hearing Division.

Katharine Melissa Brooks (2008) of the Town of Ajax
Decision: The Paralegal was ordered to pays costs of $2,881.75 to the Law Society.

Artem Djukic (2008) of the City of Brampton
Decision: The Paralegal was suspended on an interlocutory basis commencing January 9, 2015.

Adrienne Denise Garth (2008) of the City of Toronto
Decision: The Paralegal's licence is revoked effective January 19, 2015.

Robert Joseph Potomski (2008) of the City of Windsor
Decision: The December 21, 2011 order, suspending the Paralegal's licence, remains in effect. The stay of para. 4 of the May 13, 2013 order is extended until and expires on the 30th day after January 26, 2015. If the Paralegal's licence remains suspended on the 30th day after January 26, 2015, the Paralegal's licence shall be revoked effective the 31st day after January 26, 2015.

Diane Lynn Smith (2009) of the City of Barrie
Decision: The Paralegal's licence to provide legal services is revoked.

S.A.T. applied for licensing as a Paralegal.
Decision: The application is dismissed.

More information about these matters can be found on the Law Society Tribunal website. Reasons for decisions when provided by the panel are available on the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website. Information about upcoming hearings is available here.  

NOTICES

The following proceedings have recently been commenced before the Law Society Tribunal. The Notice sets out the allegations or issues being placed before the Tribunal by the party bringing the application.

LAWYERS 

Peter Borkovich
Hamilton, Notice of motion for interlocutory suspension or practice restriction, Filed on December 17, 2014

Loftus John Robert Cuddy
Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on January 2, 2015

Patrick Leo Wayne Cusack
Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on December 16, 2014

Stevan Graham Ellis
Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on January 6, 2015

Shirley Diane Gauthier
Vermillion Bay, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on January 2, 2015

David Grant Isaac
Mississauga, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on December 29, 2014

Peter Henry Mandell
Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on January 27, 2015

Claudio Martini
Windsor, Notice of motion for interlocutory suspension or practice restriction, Filed on December 18, 2014

Nicholas Palios
Grimsby, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on January 6, 2015

Norman Silver
Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on January 6, 2015

Mak Sultan
Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on January 9, 2015

Philip Richard John Watson
Lindsay, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on December 16, 2014

PARALEGALS

Howard Randall Burch
Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on January 2, 2015

Maria John Hamdani
Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on January 2, 2015

Philliph Okelo
Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on January 2, 2015

Paul Louis Pauze
Penetanguishene, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on December 29, 2014

SOURCE The Law Society of Upper Canada

For further information: If you require a copy of any specific decision, please contact Susan Tonkin, Communications Advisor, at 416-947-7605 or stonkin@lsuc.on.ca.

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