THUNDER BAY – A local lawyer has voluntarily relinquished his license to practice following an investigation by the Law Society of Ontario into professional misconduct.
Gino Louis Arnone relinquished his law license on April 22, 2022 following the decision rendered by the Law Society of Ontario on April 19.
The investigation was launched in November 2020 involving two Thunder Bay lawyers, Arnone and Theodore Lee Scollie, who both practiced at Ericksons LLP.
The Law Society of Ontario found that between December 2013 and December 2016, Arnone “failed to provide services that met standards of competence and quality to his individual and business clients in connection with a share purchase transaction of a company, its credit facilities and its personal guarantees.
Additionally, the Law Society found that in April 2017, Arnone mishandled $27,373 of proceeds from a sale on behalf of clients of another firm partner.
Additionally, between December 2016 and August 2018, Arnone failed to disclose a conflict of interest involving the clients of another partner in his firm, while also representing a client who had interests adverse to the clients of another partner. of the firm.
In the Law Society of Ontario’s decision, Arnone was granted permission to relinquish his license to practice law in Ontario. Arnone was called to the bar in 1976 and specialized in corporate and commercial law.
Scollie was also found guilty of committing misconduct, according to an agreed statement of facts filed by the Law Society of Ontario filed in March 2022.
The Law Society found that between December 2013 and December 2016, Scollie also failed to “provide services that meet standards of competence and quality to its individual and corporate clients in connection with a share purchase transaction of a company, its credit facilities and personal guarantees.
Scollie also acted in a conflict of interest between December 2016 and August 2018 by allowing “the access and use of confidential and privileged attorney-client information by another partner in his firm.”
He also failed “to prevent another partner in his firm whose personal interests were adverse to those of his clients, and who was also acting for a party whose interests were adverse to those of his clients, from disbursing the trust funds of its clients in a manner that was contrary to the instructions of its Clients and that favored the interests of the partner’s client and the firm.
During the same period, Scollie was found to have failed to provide competent legal services to his clients in real estate transactions, had improperly delegated duties to a non-lawyer, and had mismanaged trust funds in withdrawing funds without first providing billing of fees.
Scollie was first called to the bar in 1994. The Law Society of Ontario has yet to rule on a penalty as a result of his findings.