A Law Society Tribunal hearing for a Thunder Bay attorney accused of misleading multiple clients for more than a decade is due to begin Tuesday afternoon.
The Tribunal has several separate charges against Thomas Michael Harris. These include allegations that Harris failed to take legal action for which he was hired, and allegations that Harris notified a customer that a $ 450,000 severance payment had been made when it was not.
The Tribunal filing also alleges that Harris did not submit an opinion required by a case conference order. This resulted in a default judgment of $ 240,000 against Harris’ client.
Another allegation alleges that Harris withdrew a customer’s right to cease spousal benefits payments and falsely told the customer that his company was making payments on the customer’s behalf. Court documents state that it ultimately resulted in the client’s driver’s license being suspended for failure to pay spousal benefits.
A full list of allegations can be found on the tribunal’s website.
The virtual hearing is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
Harris’s legal license had previously been administratively suspended by the Law Society of Ontario