Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Decision on Disciplinary Action

Aaron Murray Lessing

Called to the bar: May 17, 1991

Ceased membership for non-payment of fees: January 1, 2021

Hearing date: November 24, 2021

Panel: Jaqueline G. McQueen, QC, Chair, Eric V. Gottardi, QC and Mark Rushton

Decision issued: February 2, 2022 (2022 LSBC 07)

Counsel: Mandana Namazi for the Law Society; no one appearing on behalf of Aaron Murray Lessing

BACKGROUND

A hearing panel determined that Aaron Murray Lessing committed professional misconduct by failing to provide full and substantive responses during investigations into five separate complaints against him (2021 LSBC 46).

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The Law Society sought a determination that Lessing is ungovernable and that disbarment is necessary to protect the public.

The panel accepted the Law Society’s submission, concluding that Lessing’s persistent and longstanding failure to respond compromised the Society’s ability to conduct its investigations into complaints brought forward by the public, which undermines public confidence in the disciplinary process and the legal profession.

The panel also considered Lessing’s escalating pattern of misconduct as evidenced by his extensive professional conduct record which includes multiple violations of the Law Society’s rules and code of conduct, five administrative suspensions, a practice standards practice review and two prior citations.

The panel ordered that Lessing:

  1. be declare ungovernable;
  2. be disbarred; and
  3. pay costs of $3,500.

2022 LSBC 07 Decision on Disciplinary Action