Lawyer denies allegations he threatened Law Society

Mark Silverthorn, author of The Wolf At The Door: What To Do When Collection Agencies Come Calling

KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Kitchener lawyer Mark Silverthorn denies threatening The Law Society of Upper Canada with negative publicity if it did not aggressively prosecute a professional misconduct matter involving Markham lawyer Deanna Natale.

Deanna Natale, daughter of former federal Liberal cabinet minister Judy Sgro, is currently facing a disciplinary hearing before The Law Society in connection with her law firm's high-volume debt collection practice and her firm's use of an imitation of a court form in collection letters—a practice known as draft statements of claim.

A Hearing Panel at The Law Society is scheduled to deal with the Deanna Natale professional misconduct matter at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, September 12th.

Lawyers representing Deanna Natale filed an Amended Notice of Motion with The Law Society on August 19, 2011, alleging that "Mr. Silverthorn wrote to Ms. Worley repeatedly between October 2010 and March 2011, encouraging her to widen the investigation into Ms. Natale and tacitly threatening negative media publicity for the Law Society if Ms. Natale was not aggressively prosecuted."

Ms. Natale's Amended Notice of Motion also alleges abuse of prosecutorial discretion on the part of lawyers at The Law Society prosecuting Ms. Natale in connection with her professional misconduct matter. ( )

Silverthorn says, "I categorically deny (1) repeatedly writing to Amanda Worley, the Law Society's prosecutor, encouraging her to widen her investigation into Ms. Natale, and (2) threatening The Law Society with negative publicity if Ms. Natale were not vigorously prosecuted."

Consumer lawyer Mark Silverthorn represents clients facing debt problems and has written The Wolf At The Door:  What To Do When Collection Agencies Come Calling (2010), published by McClelland & Stewart.  He is currently researching his second book, tentatively titled, Draft Statement of Claim-Gate: The Scandal That Rocked The Canadian Collection Industry.

SOURCE Mark Anthony Silverthorn Law Office PC

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