Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Decision of the Hearing Panel on Disciplinary Action

Nathan Sutha Ganapathi

Vancouver, BC

Called to the bar: May 20, 1975

Hearing dates: January 19, 2021

Panel: Michelle D. Stanford, QC, Chair, and John D. Waddell, QC

Decision issued: April 9, 2021 (2021 LSBC 14)

Counsel: Peter Senkpiel and Julia Lockhart for the Law Society; Henry Wood, QC for Nathan Sutha Ganapathi

BACKGROUND

A hearing panel found that Nathan Sutha Ganapathi committed professional misconduct by attempting to resolve litigation in favour of his clients through improper means. He was a participant in a team’s strategy to leverage its position using a false affidavit filed by another party, and he made no decisive objection to sending out a threatening letter after reviewing it.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The panel noted that this was serious misconduct that was planned and deliberate. It considered Ganapathi’s professional conduct record that involved four conduct reviews, and the need to ensure the public’s confidence in the integrity of the profession. The panel accepted that Ganapathi’s main culpability stemmed from his failure to dissociate from an improper strategy when another lawyer proposed and implemented it.

The panel ordered that Ganapathi:

  1. be suspended for two months; and
  2. pay costs of $13,624.33.

2021 LSBC 14 Decision on Disciplinary Action