Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Decision of the Hearing Panel

Georgialee Alida Lang

Vancouver, BC

Called to the bar: November 17, 1989

Written submissions: August 6, 2021

Panel: Steven McKoen, QC (chair), Kimberly Henders Miller and Cyrul Kesten

Decision issued: January 26, 2022 (2022 LSBC 04)

Counsel: Tara McPhail for the Law Society; Georgialee Alida Lang appearing on her own behalf

FACTS

Georgialee Alida Lang was representing a client in family proceedings against his former spouse. During a break in court proceedings, Lang approached her client’s former spouse in absence of her counsel and suggested that a particular piece of property should receive a certain valuation. The former spouse responded that Lang should discuss the matter with her lawyer.

During another break on the same day, Lang approached the former spouse and her counsel’s junior associate in a waiting area intending to provide documents. The adult son of the former spouse was also present and he indicated the documents were not the correct ones. Lang responded using profane language and walked away.

ADMISSION AND DETERMINATION

Lang admitted she attempted to have a settlement discussion directly with her client’s former spouse in absence of her counsel and without the permission of her counsel. She also admitted that her comment to the adult son was discourteous and uncivil.

The panel found that Lang’s conduct was a marked departure from the conduct expected of lawyers. Lang admitted and the panel agreed that her conduct amounted to professional misconduct.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The panel considered the brief but serious nature of the interaction, the need for lawyers to uphold high standards of civility, that the acts occurred at court and Lang’s professional conduct record, which includes a previous citation and a reprimand for a similar infraction.

The panel accepted the disciplinary action jointly proposed by Lang and the Law Society and ordered that Lang pay:

  1. a fine of $10,000; and
  2. costs of $1,000.

2022 LSBC 04 Decision of the Hearing Panel