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Groia's run for LSUC bencher unrelated to court case: Cherniak

Toronto lawyer Joe Groia’s decision to run for bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada will not have an effect on his ongoing court proceedings involving the regulator, Toronto lawyer and arbitrator Earl Cherniak tells Law Times.

“I don’t think the two are related except [the case] keeps Joe’s name in front of the voting public,” says Cherniak, Groia’s counsel and partner with Lerners LLP.

In Groia v. The Law Society of Upper Canada earlier this month, the Divisional Court upheld a Law Society finding of professional misconduct against Groia. The case centred on the LSUC’s 2012 ruling that he had displayed ‘incivility’ during the insider-trading trial of former Bre-X Minerals geologist John Felderhof before the Ontario Securities Commission. Following the decision, Cherniak noted that Groia plans to take his case to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Cherniak tells Law Times that Groia is a great candidate for bencher.

“Joe is an excellent lawyer, he’s an excellent candidate for bencher, and my own view is he has the support of a very significant part of the profession. I think he’s got an excellent chance of being elected and, for my own part, I support him strongly.”

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