Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Canadian Sanction Affects Michigan License

A notice of suspension from the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board

Suspension - 180 Day, Effective November 4,2017. 1

Based on respondent's default, the hearing panel found that respondent committed professional misconduct when he failed to answer a Grievance Administrator request for investigation which alleged that respondent had been suspended from the practice of law in Canada by the Law Society of Upper Canada for failing to respond to two separate client grievances, in violation of MCR 9.104(7), MCR 9.113(A), and MCR 9.113(B)(2); and engaged in conduct that was prejudicial to the administration of justice, in violation of MRPC 8.4(c) and MCR 9.104(1).

The Windsor Star reported on the Canadian proceedings

Former Windsor lawyer Todd Branch has lost his licence to practise law.

Branch, also a provincial Conservative candidate in 2011, had had his licence suspended since March 2015 when he was found guilty of professional misconduct by the body that regulates lawyers in the province. Following a subsequent decision of a discipline tribunal of the Law Society of Upper Canada on May 26, Branch’s licence has now been revoked.

The law society cited two incidents in July 2015 and September 2015 when Branch practised law or portrayed himself as able to do so to clients despite being under suspension.

The decision to revoke Branch’s licence also noted how he failed to co-operate with five different law society investigations by not providing requested information and documents.

In addition to having his licence revoked, Branch has been ordered to pay legal costs to the law society in the amount of $6,500 before May 26, 2018, or face interest charges on any unpaid amount.

Branch did not attend the law society tribunal hearing where his licence was revoked. The former lawyer also did not respond to attempts Monday to be reached for comment.

In an interview more than a year ago, Branch told the Star he had no intention of continuing his legal career and planned to pursue other interests.

dbattagello@postmedia.com

(Mike Frisch)

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