Larry William Goddard
On April 19, 2006 a discipline hearing panel suspended lawyer Larry William Goddard of Abbotsford for two months, effective May 15, 2006, for professional misconduct. Mr. Goddard admitted and the hearing panel found that he had breached his undertaking on several occasions by failing to discharge mortgages promptly.
David John Martin
On April 24, 2006 a discipline hearing panel, having earlier found David John Martin guilty of professional misconduct, ordered that he be reprimanded and suspended from the practice of law for six months, with the suspension to commence on a date to be agreed on by counsel and no later than June 1, 2006. He was also ordered to pay $35,000 as costs.
Richard Luke Coglon
On April 24, 2006 a discipline hearing panel ordered that Richard Luke Coglon be suspended for one month, effective May 1, 2006, and pay costs of $20,000. (Mr. Coglon is a former member who has applied for reinstatement and must still undergo a reinstatement hearing. The discipline proceedings relate to a period during which he was a member.)
Mr. Coglon had appealed to the BC Court of Appeal a finding by the Benchers that he was guilty of professional misconduct, but he later abandoned the appeal, and the matter was returned to the hearing panel for determination of penalty.
Discipline hearing reports are available in the Regulation & Insurance/ Regulatory Hearings section of the Law Society website. Case summaries will be included in a future issue of the Discipline Digest.