The Law Society of BC’s Review Board has upheld the four-month suspension of a Vancouver-based immigration lawyer.
A Law Society panel previously found Catherine Sas wrongfully took money from clients.
The well-known lawyer who has represented such clients as Randy and Evie Quaid, was appealing that decision, saying a fine and reprimand was more appropriate.
The Society says Sas previously worked as a sole practitioner, then joined a law firm in 2011.
While practising on her own she held money in trust which the Society says she kept with her when she joined the firm.
Later, she billed clients for costs that had not been incurred and paid, to her law corporation, money held in trust for those clients.
The panel found Sas wrongfully took a little over $1,900 from 23 clients to clear up accounting records related to her sole practice from that trust.
The Review Board has ruled Sas’ suspension must begin on May 1, or a date the parties agree on.