Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

November 11, 2013 14:54 ET

Law Society Regulatory Proceedings for October 2013

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 11, 2013) -

Attention News Editors:

The Law Society of Upper Canada regulates the lawyers and paralegals of Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society ensures that all lawyers and licensed paralegals in Ontario meet standards of learning, professional competence and professional conduct that are appropriate for the legal services provided.

As part of this mandate, the Law Society's Hearing and Appeal Panels recently heard the following matters. Hearing and Appeal Panels are responsible for determining the appropriate disposition of cases.

Dorothy Elizabeth DeMerchant (1984), of the City of Toronto

Decision: The application was dismissed.

Roy Francis DMello (1998), of the Town of Oakville

Decision: The Lawyer's appeal from the Order dated December 7, 2012 and the Decision and Order dated December 11, 2012 was dismissed.

Jason Richard Forget (2003) of the City of Peterborough

Decision: Commencing on October 1, 2013, the Lawyer's licence is suspended on an interlocutory basis.

Yuri Gavris (2008) of the City of Toronto

Decision: A reprimand was ordered but not administered as the Paralegal would not sign the waiver of appeal.

Allison Frederick Gowling (2008) of the Community of Jarvis

Decision: The Paralegal was found to be ungovernable and his licence to provide legal services was revoked effective October 7, 2013.

Matthew Joseal Igbinosun (1998) of the City of Toronto

Decision: The Lawyer's one-month suspension will commence on December 2, 2013.

Don Philip Kirsh (1988) of the City of Toronto

Decision: The Application was converted to an invitation to attend. The Application was dismissed.

Peter Knezy (1998) of the City of Toronto

Decision: The proceeding with respect to Particulars 1 and 2 was converted to an Invitation to Attend and the Invitation to Attend having been completed, Particulars 1 and 2 were dismissed.

Brian Allan Ludmer (1987), of the City of Toronto

Decision: The Lawyer was suspended for a period of two months and then for an additional one month to be served consecutively to the two-month suspension. The suspensions will start on November 2, 2013, or a time agreed upon by him and Society counsel. The Lawyer and his practice are subject to specified conditions.

Kym Lee McGahey (2000) of the Community of Kemptville

Decision: The Lawyer's licence will be suspended for a period of one year, continuing thereafter until specified conditions are met.

Henryson Emeka Nwakobi (2008), of the City of Toronto

Decision: The Lawyer may resign his membership and surrender his licence on condition that he takes such steps not later than 10 calendar days after release of the reasons for decision in this matter, failing which, his membership in the Law Society shall be terminated and his licence to practise law shall be revoked effective immediately after 10 calendar days following release of the reasons for decision in this matter.

Victor Nnamdi Opara (2005), of the City of Toronto

Decision: The application was dismissed.

Allan Barry Shusterman (1978) of the City of Toronto

Decision: The Lawyer was suspended for one month commencing on November 1, 2013.

Joseph Nathan Solomon of the City of Toronto

Decision: Further to the July 22, 2013 decision and order granting Mr. Solomon a Class L1 licence, the hearing panel imposed conditions.

Darren Elliot Sukonick (1996), of the City of Toronto

Decision: The application was dismissed.

Leslie Andrew Vandor (1982), of the Community of Almonte

Decision: The appellant Lawyer shall pay to the Law Society costs in the amount of $25,000.

More information about these matters can be found on the Law Society's website.

Reasons for decisions when provided by the panel are available on the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website.

Regulatory Notices, which are issued at the beginning of a proceeding and include Notices of Application, Notices of Referral for Hearing, Notices of Motion and Notices of Appeal, are also available on our website.

Tadesse Gebremariam [Paralegal]

City of Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on October 8, 2013

Michael Ballard Hurley [Paralegal]

City of Brantford, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on September 18, 2013

Timothy Edward Leahy [Lawyer]

City of Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on October 8, 2013

John Alexander Line [Lawyer]

City of Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on October 8, 2013

Yaroslav Mikitchook [Lawyer]

City of Toronto, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on October 3, 2013

David John Albert Peirce [Lawyer]

Town of Aurora, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on October 23, 2013

Carla Pereira [Paralegal]

City of Toronto, Amended Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on September 19, 2013

William Thomas Van Bridger [Lawyer]

City of Timmins, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on October 21, 2013

If you require a copy of any specific notice, please contact the Communications Department at 416-947-7605.

Contact Information

  • The Law Society of Upper Canada
    Communications Department
    416-947-7605
    www.lsuc.on.ca