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Oladipupo Emeka Ola (2003), of the City of Mississauga, was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for failing to maintain the books and records of his law practice.

By Decision and Order dated January 26, 2009,* the Hearing Panel ordered that:

  1. The Lawyer shall be reprimanded.
  2. The Lawyer must keep his books and records in good condition going forward, as of October 20, 2008.
  3. The Lawyer must be supervised for one year on terms satisfactory to the Director of the Law Society.
  4. The Lawyer shall pay costs of $1,000 to the Law Society. The Lawyer shall have six months to pay.

(Counsel for the Society, Janice Duggan / Counsel for the Lawyer, Louis Strezos)

*By Amended Decision and Order dated January 26, 2009, the Hearing Panel ordered as follows:

  1. The Lawyer is reprimanded.
  2. During any period of time that the Lawyer is in private practice, he shall maintain the books and records of his law practice in accordance with By-law 9 made pursuant to the Law Society Act or any applicable successor legislation.
  3. If the Lawyer's practice status with the Law Society remains as a private practice status (defined as a sole practitioner, associate or employee of a law firm or partner in a law firm) the Lawyer shall have in place by July 15, 2009 a supervisor and plan of supervision that have been approved by the Director of Professional Regulation (the "Director"). If the Lawyer requires additional time to obtain the Director's approval of his supervisor and/or plan of supervision, then he may apply in writing to the Director for an extension of time. Once the plan of supervision and supervisor have been approved by the Director, the plan of supervision shall run for one year.
  4. If the Lawyer changes his practice status with the Law Society to a non-private practice status before July 15, 2009, the Lawyer will not be supervised until such future time that he returns to private practice status. In that event, the Lawyer shall have his supervisor and plan of supervision approved by the Director prior to changing his Law Society status to that of a lawyer in private practice. The plan of supervision shall run for one year from the date that the Lawyer changes his status to that of a lawyer in private practice.
  5. The Lawyer shall pay costs to the Society in the amount of $1,000 within ten months of the date of the Order.

Oladipupo Emeka Ola (2003), of the City of Brampton, was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for: failing to serve his clients in a conscientious and diligent fashion and failing to perform legal services to the standard of a competent lawyer when acting on the sale and/or purchase and/or financing of 17 properties (the transactions); acting on the transactions where there was or was likely to be a conflict of interest between his lender clients and his purchaser clients, without making adequate disclosure and obtaining consent, and preferring the interests of his purchaser clients over those of his lender clients; failing to handle clients' mortgage loan advances as a careful and prudent owner would; assisting an individual in the unauthorized practice of law; failing to conduct himself in such a way as to maintain the integrity of the profession, while acting on the transactions; and failing to be candid in advising nine lender clients who provided mortgage financing for the transactions.

By Decision and Order dated July 9, 2007, the Hearing Panel ordered that:

  • the Member shall be suspended for 3 months, commencing on October 1, 2007, or such other earlier date as agreed upon between the Law Society and the Member.
  • the Member shall pay costs to the Law Society in the amount of $7,200.00. Payment of costs shall begin 12 months after the Member's suspension has ended, and shall be paid over 24 months at a rate of $300.00 per month.
    (Counsel for the Society, Sean Dewart / Counsel for the Member, Louis Strezos )

Thomas Charles O'Malley (1992), of the City of Oshawa, was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for breaching Rules 3.04 and 3.05 of the Rules of Professional Conduct by distributing or causing to be distributed: a letter entitled, "Announcing A Real Estate Lawyer Who Actually Guarantees Excellent Service For Your Clients"; an advertisement placed in a specified magazine; and a letter to his existing clients, promising them a digital camera in exchange for their business.

By Decision and Order dated January 9, 2008, the Hearing Panel ordered that:

  • the Licensee be reprimanded.
    (Counsel for the Society, Lisa Freeman / Counsel for the Lawyer, Louis Strezos)

Christopher Opoka-Okuma (1991), of the City of Toronto, was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for failing to serve two clients by: failing to respond to telephone messages left by one of the clients; closing his practice and in so doing, failing to take appropriate steps to protect his clients' interests or to provide them with proper notification that he had left his practice; failing to complete the work for which he was retained and failing to advise his clients of the status of their matters; and failing to account to his clients for the $350 retainer given to him on one occasion and the approximately $450 retainer given to him on another occasion.

By Decision and Order dated March 4, 2008, the Hearing Panel ordered that:

  • the Lawyer shall be suspended for 1 month, commencing at the conclusion of his current administrative suspension, and continuing indefinitely thereafter, until the following 2 conditions are met, to the satisfaction of the Director of Professional Regulation:
    • the Lawyer shall refund to [his former client] the amount of $950, representing $800 retainer fees given to him in trust, plus $150 she provided to Immigration Canada;
    • the Lawyer shall advise Membership Records, in writing, of his current contact information, including but not necessarily limited to, his mailing address and phone number.
  • the Lawyer shall comply with the terms of the Law Society's Guidelines For Suspended, Resigned Or Disbarred Members And Members Who Have Given An Undertaking Not To Practice and the Information For Suspended, Resigned Or Disbarred Lawyers And Lawyers Who Have Given An Undertaking Not To Practice while suspended pursuant to this Order.
  • the Lawyer shall pay costs to the Law Society in the amount of $4,500, payable within 30 days of the date of this Order, and as a precondition to his return to practice.
    (Counsel for the Society, Elizabeth Parenteau / the Lawyer was not present and not represented)

Isaac Owusu-Sechere (1994), of the City of Ottawa, was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for failing to maintain complete books and records from at least December 31, 2001 to the present.

By Decision and Order dated June 15, 2007, the Hearing Panel ordered that:

  • the Member shall be suspended indefinitely until his books and records are complete and in full compliance with Law Society by-laws, commencing 45 days from the date of this Order, unless the Director of Professional Regulation certifies to the Member in writing, on or before the 45 th day, that all books and records are fully in compliance with Law Society by-laws.
  • if upon examining the books and records, once they are fully in compliance, the Law Society concludes that there is some reason for reassessing the penalty imposed by this panel in light of further information, the Law Society may, on ten days' notice, bring the matter back before this or another panel for further consideration of the penalty and/or preventative measures necessary to protect the public in this case.
  • for a period of two years from the date of this Order, the Member shall provide to the Monitoring and Enforcement Department of the Law Society on a monthly basis, by no later than the 20 th of each month, a copy of his monthly trust comparisons, client trust listings, trust reconciliations and trust bank account statements.
  • the Member shall pay costs to the Law Society fixed in the amount of $5,000.00, payable within six months of the date of this Order.
    (Counsel for the Society, Elizabeth Parenteau / Member assisted by Duty Counsel )

Simeon Adelowo Oyelade (2004), of the City of Toronto, was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for:

  • failing to be on guard against unscrupulous or dishonest clients in seven real estate transactions;
  • failing to be honest with his lender clients in four of those transactions by failing to disclose material facts; and
  • failing to serve his lender clients in those same four transactions.

By Decision and Order dated December 13, 2010 the hearing panel ordered as follows:

  1. The licence of Simeon Adelowo Oyelade issued under the Law Society Act is suspended for three months, commencing January 14, 2011.
  2. The Lawyer shall comply fully with the terms of the Law Society’s Guidelines for lawyers who are suspended or who have given an undertaking not to practise while suspended pursuant to this Order.
  3. If requested by the Law Society, then the Lawyer shall forthwith sign a Direction, in a form provided by the Law Society, authorizing the Law Society to take all steps necessary to cancel the Lawyer’s Teranet account and access while suspended pursuant to this Order.
  4. Simeon Adelowo Oyelade shall pay the costs to the Law Society in the amount of $10,000 within two years of the date of this Order, failing which interest shall accrue at the rate of 2 % per annum.

(Counsel for the Society, Tanus Rutherford / Counsel for the Lawyer, Glenroy Bastien)