The Supreme Court of Canada has found that the Law Society Appeal Tribunal erred when it found lawyer Joseph Groia committed professional misconduct during a case that ended more than a decade ago, and it has dismissed the complaints against him.
"It’s a huge win for Joe and his family," Groia's lawyer Earl Cherniak of Lerners LLP told Legal Feeds. "He has gone through this for 17 years. He put up a struggle that I don’t think another lawyer in the country would have done, certainly not many, if any, and he did it certainly for himself but also as part of a service to the profession because he felt an obligation to see this thing through to the end given the intransigent position of the law society. We lost at every level — motions, before the appeal panel and the Court of Appeal. It was a lonely difficult struggle and we put up a good fight on all those levels."
Groia, a Toronto lawyer who practises securities litigation, has been locked in a high-profile battle with the law society up through the courts.