Jean Sorensen|Jan 11, 2011
Vancouver lawyer Robert Palkowski has resigned from the practice of law rather than face disciplinary proceedings by the Law Society of British Columbia over serious allegations of professional misconduct.
In August, the discipline committee of the law society issued a citation against Palkowski, alleging he committed professional misconduct related to actions in 2003 and 2004. He was to appear at a hearing in May 2011.
There were 11 allegations which included that he circumvented the terms of a British Columbia Supreme Court order and attempted to mislead the court; he breached his ethical obligations by receiving funds from an individual and disbursing them for the benefit of a client without advising the individual that his interests were not being protected; and he represented parties in a B.C. Supreme Court action despite a conflict of interest.