Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Disciplinary Action Decision

Gregory Louis Samuels

Vancouver, BC

Called to the bar: May 20, 1994

Discipline hearing: May 31, 2017

Panel: Herman Van Ommen, QC, Chair, Carol Gibson and Peter D. Warner, QC

Decision issued: June 29, 2017 (2017 LSBC 25)

Counsel: Alison Kirby for the Law Society; Robin N. McFee, QC and Jessie I. Meikle-Kahs for Gregory Louis Samuels

FACTS AND DETERMINATION

A citation was issued against Gregory Louis Samuels comprising six allegations relating to the handling of funds he received in trust for a client on the settlement of a personal injury action in Washington state.

The panel found that Samuels had committed professional misconduct with respect to four of the six allegations in the citation, including:

  • improperly withdrawing, or authorizing the withdrawal of, US$9,690.05 from his trust account;
  • failing to forward the sum of $10,202.20 to the Ministry of Health;
  • misrepresenting to the client that a portion of the settlement proceeds would be paid to the Ministry of Health and failing to correct that misrepresentation when he decided not to pay; and
  • commencing an action in the Superior Court of Washington State in the name of his client without her instructions.

A summary of that decision can be found here.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The panel ordered that Samuels:

  • be suspended for 30 days; and
  • pay costs of $16,090.

2017 LSBC 25 Decision on Disciplinary Action