Dear Visitor: If you Google my name you may run across an article from 2017 in Offshore Alert which reported various allegations against me. In the interest of transparency and professionalism, I feel it is important to provide updated information and background details as this article and other websites which refer to it are both out of date and inaccurate. (The full article is attached below.)
First, the Law Society of Upper Canada complaint is the only one ever filed in my over 28 years of practice. It was made by a client in the mistaken belief that it might give them leverage in a civil loan dispute with a third party borrower. In response I presented the complainant with signed copies of his loan documents with the third party and the allegations were quickly withdrawn.
As I wanted to convey my full support of the Law Society’s process I voluntarily agreed to have my license temporarily suspended during the review process. Please also note that at all times I cooperated with my Law Society. Now that the complaint has been withdrawn I am taking the required actions for a full reinstatement.
Second, with respect to the allegations contained in the separate New York lawsuit, I immediately filed a response and counterclaim. As a result, the suit was quickly dismissed (we attach the court dismissal below, or it can be downloaded from https://www.law360.com/dockets/documents/5bbfd073c4ce5a7f0a5405d9).
Finally, I am pleased to advise that I continue to engage professionally with all parties mentioned in the original article. If you have any questions on this or any other professional responsibility matter, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
David S Lesperance