Citation issued: July 18, 2014; amended may 11, 2015

david jacob siebenga 

Citations are authorized by the Law Society of BC's Discipline Committee and list allegations against a lawyer that will be considered at a discipline hearing. Please note that allegations in a citation are unproven until a discipline hearing panel has determined their validity.

Nature of conduct to be inquired into: 

1. Between approximately March 2012 and June 2012, in the course of representing your client, MG, as defendant in an action filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver Registry Action No. S[number], you proffered evidence to the court that your client had no legal, beneficial or equitable interest in his mother’s half interest in property located in Surrey, B.C. when you knew or ought to have known that he was claiming a legal, beneficial or equitable interest, contrary to Chapter 2, Rule 1 of the Professional Conduct Handbook then in force.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

2. You acted as counsel for MG in his capacity as plaintiff in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, New Westminster Registry Action No. [number] against his mother wherein your client claimed a legal, beneficial or equitable interest in his mother’s half interest in property located in Surrey, B.C. at the same time that you acted for your client in his capacity as defendant in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver Registry Action No. [number] wherein your client disavowed any such interest in the same property, contrary to Chapter 2, Rule 1 of the Professional Conduct Handbook then in force.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.

3. In the alternative to allegation 2, you acted as counsel for MG in his capacity as plaintiff in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, New Westminster Registry Action No. [number] against his mother wherein your client claimed a legal, beneficial or equitable interest in his mother’s half interest in property located in Surrey, B.C. after having acted for your client in his capacity as defendant in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver Registry Action No. [number], wherein your client disavowed any such interest in the same property, contrary to Chapter 2, Rule 1 of the Professional Conduct Handbook then in force.

This conduct constitutes professional misconduct, pursuant to s. 38(4) of the Legal Profession Act.