Citation issued: April 25, 2014

Lawyer 14 

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 June 2013 and December 2013, in the course of representing clients or yourself in litigation matters, you failed to pay in a timely manner invoices received from TB, the court reporter, and you failed to respond to communications from TB regarding payment of those invoices. In particular, you failed to do one or more of the following:

(a) pay in a timely manner Invoice no. 17259 dated June 12, 2013 in the amount of $1,318.28 for services rendered on behalf of your client, NM, in the course of your representation of this client in a civil litigation matter, contrary to Rule 7.1-2 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia;

(b) pay in a timely manner Invoice no. 17533 dated July 19, 2013 in the amount of $416.33 for services rendered on behalf of your client, NM, in the course of your representation of this client in a civil litigation matter, contrary to Rule 7.1-2 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia;

(c) pay in a timely manner Invoice no. 17575 dated July 25, 2013 in the amount of $211.05 for services rendered on your own behalf in the course of your self-representation in a civil litigation matter;

(d) pay in a timely manner Invoice no. 17756 dated August 19, 2013 in the amount of $500.33 for services rendered on behalf of your client, [a college], in the course of your representation of this client in a civil litigation matter, contrary to Rule 7.1-2 of the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia;

(e) provide a substantive response to an email from TB sent to you on October 17, 2013, until after TB complained to the Law Society; and

(f) provide a substantive response to a letter from TB dated October 23, 2013, until after TB complained to the Law Society.

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