If you are an engineer and facing an allegation of non-compliance with the Professional Engineers of Ontario (“PEO”) Practice Guidelines and Performance Standards or the Professional Engineers Act, then you need the assistance of a knowledgeable and skilled professional discipline lawyer at your side. Posner Craig Stein (“PCS”) defends engineers in hearings before the PEO Discipline Committee. Being the target of a complaint and facing allegations of professional misconduct can be anxiety-provoking, frustrating, and time-consuming. Entrusting PCS with your case means that you will have an experienced and trusted advocate at your side throughout the complaint and disciplinary hearing process. We understand the potential impact that complaints and professional misconduct allegations can have on your reputation and financial situation. We know that your livelihood can depend on ensuring that the complaint is found to be without merit and that allegations of professional misconduct are dismissed. Our lawyers work tirelessly, creatively – and in a relentless manner
PEO screens all complaints made against licenced engineers. Each complaint is reviewed and investigated by PEO’s Complaints Committee. In reviewing a complaint, the Complaints Committee will notify the subject of the complaint and provide them with information surrounding the allegation. PCS assists engineers in responding to a complaint. How an engineer responds to the Complaints Committee is extremely important, as the Complaints Committee can decide not to refer the complaint to the Discipline Committee, and instead take less severe remedial action or dismiss the complaint altogether.
It is essential to consult with a lawyer for engineers at this stage of the complaint process. PCS engineer defence lawyers have skill and expertise in crafting elegant, cogent and persuasive responses to convince the Complaints Committee to dismiss a complaint. Your time, reputation, and finances can be saved by working early on to have the complaint dismissed.
Hearings before the Discipline Committee involve hearing from witnesses, cross-examination, calling evidence, and making submissions before the panel. Our team of engineer defence lawyers have extensive expertise in these areas, developed over decades in tribunals and courtrooms across Ontario.
Carefully calibrated and effective cross-examination of witnesses called by the prosecution in your discipline proceeding can result in a dismissal of professional misconduct charges. The key to success is extensive preparation, skillful and targeted questioning, and the experience to adapt to the witness’s answers as they come. PCS engineer defence lawyers will bring these skills and attributes to your defence.
A decision of the Discipline Committee can be judicially reviewed at the Divisional Court. Judicial reviews involve an examination of the record of the proceedings below, the drafting of legal arguments, and making oral arguments before a panel of Ontario Superior Court judges. PCS engineer defence lawyers are experienced in arguing cases before the Divisional Court, and we will pursue every avenue to help protect your reputation, your license, and your financial well being.
Posner Craig Stein is the right engineer defence firm to handle complaints made against you because:
If you are an engineer and have been the subject of a complaint, it is to your benefit to retain an experienced engineer defence lawyer immediately. Posner Craig Stein may be able to help you avoid serious consequences, such as reputational and financial damage.
Come meet with us, in confidence, at out office, by phone, or a virtually to discuss your options today. Put your trust in the Posner Craig Stein team of highly skilled engineer defence lawyers with proven experience.