Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

October 02, 2013 14:46 ET

Law Society Regulatory Proceedings for September 2013

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 2, 2013) - 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.

Roderick John Byrnes (1987) de Toronto
Décision : Le permis de l'avocat est révoqué. La révocation prendra effet 14 jours après le 6 septembre 2013. Dès que Me Byrnes sera informé de cette décision et ordonnance, il a l'ordre de s'abstenir de représenter des clients devant les tribunaux ou d'effectuer du travail juridique, sauf les activités nécessaires pour liquider son cabinet. Il a également l'ordre de s'abstenir de remettre d'autres factures pour ses services, à moins qu'elles n'aient été passées en revue et approuvées par le Barreau.

Roberto Cucci (1990) of the City of Toronto
Decision: The stay pending appeal is extended to 5:00 pm on October 30, 2013 subject to such further or other order made by the appeal panel or Appeal Management Conference.

Daniel Frank Daly (1987) of the City of Toronto
Decision: The Lawyer is suspended on an interim bases effective as of August 27, 2013 pending final disposition of penalty.

Ron Allan Hatcher (1994) of the City of Toronto
Decision: Further to the Order dated November 15, 2012 costs on the appeal were awarded in favour of the Society in the amount of $15,000.

Matthew Joseal Igbinosun (1998) of the City of Toronto
Decision: The Lawyer's appeal from the Decision and Order dated October 18, 2012 was dismissed.

John Timothy Jansen (1982) of the City of Kitchener
Decision: The Lawyer is suspended for one month commencing August 23, 2013 and continuing indefinitely until specified conditions are met.

Jehuda Julius Kaminer (1978) of the City of Kingston
Decision: The Lawyer is suspended for six months, commencing on September 30, 2013 or such other date as may be agreed upon by the parties. The Lawyer shall comply with other specified terms and conditions.

Abdul Gabbar Khan (2008) of the City of Guelph
Decision: The Paralegal's licence to provide legal services is revoked, effective immediately.

Robert Joseph Potomski (2008) of the City of Windsor
Decision: A stay of the Decision and Order dated May 13, 2013, is extended to December 4, 2013. The May 13, 2013 order is varied to replace two specified dates.

Michael Stephen Puskas (1996) of the City of Hamilton
Decision: The Lawyer is suspended from practice for 20 months starting October 1, 2013 unless another date is agreed upon by the parties. His practice shall be restricted to permanently exclude real estate law. He shall not retain the service of Shellee Spinks in any manner associated with his law practice and he shall meet other specified conditions.

Matthew Roland Riddell of the City of Toronto
Decision: His appeal from the Order dated November 20, 2012 is dismissed and he shall pay costs to the Society of $17,500.

John Louis Rossi (1978) of the Town of LaSalle
Decision: The Lawyer's licence is revoked by majority.

Christian Simon Michael Secker (1990) of the City of Mississauga
Decision: The Lawyer is suspended for 4 months, commencing at the end of his current administrative suspensions and continuing indefinitely until specified conditions are met. Between 6 and 12 months after his return to practice the Lawyer shall schedule and complete a spot audit. He must also comply with specified conditions for two years commencing August 28, 2013.

Tariq Tayab Shah (1998) of the City of Mississauga
Decision: Further to orders dated January 23, 2013, the appeal panel ordered that the hearing panel's costs order against the Lawyer in the amount of $25,000 was set aside. No costs were awarded against the Society respecting the hearing or the appeal.

David Walter Tucker (1995) of the City of Markham
Decision: The Lawyer shall be reprimanded, the reprimand to occur on a date to be arranged by the parties.

Ryan Gordon Venables of the Town of Waterford
Decision: The Applicant was granted a Class L1 licence.

Christos Vinsentzatos (1994) of the City of London
Decision: The Notice of Application is dismissed.

Oscar Choi-Wah Wong (1977) of the Town of Richmond Hill
Decision: The Law Society's appeal from the Decision and Order dated August 30, 2012 was allowed in part. The suspension order made by the hearing panel is not varied.

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:

Jeffrey Ka Fai Shek [Lawyer]
Community of Thornhill, Notice of Application, Conduct, Filed on August 22, 2013

Shaun Roger Vernon Nelles [Paralegal]
Town of Cobourg, Notice of Referral for Hearing, Licensing, Filed on September 4, 2013

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