SCC sides with Joseph Groia after legal battle over civility
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.”