Founder, Mark Silverthorn
Reporter Sean O'Shea did a story on the dinner hour Global National News on February 6, 2018 regarding Liberal candidate Deanna Sgro and her high-volume debt collection law practice. As part of his story Sean O'Shea interviewed lawyer Mark Silverthorn.
Deanna Natalle's disciiplinary hearing garnered a significant amount of media attention. The Law Society's disciplinary hearing involving Deanna Sgro--who then went under the name of Deanna Natale--attracted the attention of both print media and national television networks. Some of the media outlets covering this story included CBC National News and Canadian Business magazine. The Law Times, a weekly newspaper for Ontario's lawyers, ran four separate stories about Ms. Natale's disciplinary hearing.
In a February 8, 2013 decision of a Law Society Hearing Panel there was a finding that Deanna Natale provided legal services to Global Credit & Collection Inc. as an independent contractor--and not as an employee of Global.
According to Deanna Sgro's LinkedIn profile, since 2000 she has worked for two companies--both of which can claim to be among the largest collection agencies operating in Canada. These firms are Total Credit Recovery Ltd. and Affinity Global.
Deanna Sgro--who for many years went by her married name, Deanna Natale--is a lawyer who for several years worked as the VP, Corporate Services & General Counsel, for Affinity Global, also known as AffGlo. Markham, Ontario-based Affinity Global, formerly Global Credit & Collection Inc., is one of Canada's largest collection agencies.
Disciplinary issues arising from Ms. Natale's high-volume debt colletion law practice took several years to resolve. On February 8, 2013 a three-member Law Society Hearing Panel found that Deanna Natale had engaged in professional misconduct.
For several years, including the period when Deanna Natale's disciplinary matter was before a three-member Disciplinary Panel she worked at 1490 Denison Street in Markham, Ontario. This is the same building where Howard Waldman, Barrister & Solicitor, operates a collection law practice today.
Deanna Natale's disciplinary hearing resulted in a media feeding frenzy
On February 6, 2018 Global News coverage regarding provincial Liberal candidate Deanna Sgro was quickly followed by stories in other major news outlets. The Toronto Star published a story by Kristin Rushowy, of the newspaper's Queen's Park Bureau, titled "Liberal candidate reprimanded by law society". The Toronto Sun published a story "Lawyer should not collect MPP salary: NDP", written by Antonella Artuso.
Deanna Sgro put out a Press Release dated July 27, 2017, announcing her nomination as the Liberal candidate in the new provincial riding of Humber River--Black Creek. She listed her biographical details at the bottom of this Press Release.
The three-member disciplinary panel presiding at Ms. Natate's disciplinary hearing commenced hearing evidence in 2011. These disciplinary hearings took place over several days. The three-member disciplinary panel presiding over Ms. Natale's disciplinary hearing would not dispose of this disciplinary matter until June 13, 2013.
Over a period of several years--with respect to these disciplinary matters arising from Ms. Natale's high-volume collection law practice-- she employed at least four different lawyers who would have spent hundreds of hours representing her.
The media has continued to carry stories about controversial provincial Liberal candidate Deanna Sgro after Global News broke the story on February 6, 2018 that she had been reprimanded by the Law Society in 2013 in connection with the manner in which she conducted a high-volume debt collection law practice. On February 9, 2018, the Toronto Star published a story titled "Deanna Sgro 'strong candidate' despite complaints, MPP says". Kristin Rushowy wrote another story titled "Wynne sticks by candidate disciplined by law society over harassment complaints" published in the Toronto Star on February 14, 2018.
(formerly Deanna Natale)
Canadian Business, April 7, 2011
Media coverage involving collection lawyer Deanna Sgro after February 6th
Deanna Sgro's LinkedIn profile states that she has been employed by Affinity Global--as its Vice-President Corporate Services and General Counsel since January of 2017. This is odd given the fact that Global Credit & Collection Inc.--one of Canada's largest collection agencies--did not begin carrying on business under the name Affinity Global until October 23, 2013, more than six years after January of 2007.
On February 8, 2013 Law Society Disciplinary Panel finds Deanna Natale engaged in professional misconduct
This screenshot--captured on January 23, 2018--is from the top of Deanna Sgro's LinkedIn profile.
Biographical details found in Deanna Sgro's July 27, 2017 Press Release do not state that she is currently working for Affinity Global, one of Canada's largest collection agencies, on whose behalf she was found to have engaged in professional misconduct by the Law Society in 2013. Nor does this Press Release indicate that Deanna Sgro has worked in the debt collection industry for the past 17 years.
Staff from Natale Law Offices--whose primary function was making collection calls--would routinely telephone consumers demanding payment of accounts on behalf of some of Canada's largest creditors. At one point the number of staff working at Natale Law Offices reached 40 individuals--most of whom's primary responsibility was phoning consumers to demand payment of an outstanding account.. At one point in time--if Ms. Natale's law firm were to be included among collection agencies in Canada--she was operating one of the 40 largest collection agencies in Canada.
This screenshot--captured on June 23, 2018--is the Experience section found on Deanna Sgro's LinkedIn profile.
In a video published on December 30, 2010, on YouTube consumer lawyer Mark Silverthorn responded to a document from one of Deanna Natale's lawyers threatening to sue him for $550,000 for allegedly defaming lawyer Deanna Natale.
Global News breaks story on February 6, 2018 about provinical Liberal candidate Deanna Sgro who was reprimanded by Law Society in 2013
Law Times, July 22, 2013
Panel calls for clear rules on technology-based practices
Six facts about collection lawyer Deanna Sgro
1) Daughter of Judy Sgro, Member of Parliament
2) Provided legal services for two of Canada's largest collection agencies over the past 17 years
3) Prior to 2013 she went by her married name, Deanna Natale
4) In 2013 she was found to have engaged in professional misconduct by the Law Society in connection with her high- volume debt collection law practice, Natale Law Offices
5) In 2018 she is currently employed as General Counsel for Affinity Global the same company on whose behalf she was found to have engaged in professional misconduct
6) In 2018 there is some question as to whether or not her LinkedIn profile is accurate with respect to her biographical details
Law Times, January 17, 2011
Lawyer in trouble over draft claims fights back
Disciplinary proceedings involving Deanna Sgro before the Law Society
The 21-page decision of the Law Society of Upper Canada v. Deanna Lynn Natale Law Society Hearing Panel was written by Ms. Constance Backhouse.
by Mark Silverthorn
Founder, Comprehensive Debt Solutions
Law Times, November 15, 2010
Lawyer takes on colleague over collection practices
Over a four year period--between February of 2007 and February of 2011--Deanna Natale operated a high-volume debt collection practice. During this four-year period the Law Society of Upper Canada received 155 complaints against lawyer Deanna Natale many involving rude and harassing behavior by staff working at Natale Law Offices making phone calls to consumers demanding payments of alleged outstanding accounts. These complaints resulted in diciplinary proceedings being commenced against collection lawyer Deanna Natale.
Deanna Natale provided services to Global Credit & Collection Inc. as an independent contractor from 2007 to 2011
On February 6, 2018 Global News published an online story--written by Andrew Russell and Stewart Belll-- at 6:00 a.m. breaking the story that provincial Liberal candidate Deanna Sgro had been reprimanded for professional misconduct in 2013. This story was titled "Ontario Liberals stand behind candidate who was reprimanded for professional misconduct in 2013". This story was updated throughout the day and at 8:14 p.m. the revised story was titled "Opposition parties ask Ontario premier to replace candidate reprimanded for debt collection practices."
Deanna Sgro (formerly Deanna Natale)
This screenshot--captured on January 13, 2018--lists the Disciplinary Hearing Information for Deanna Lynne Natale. This information can be found on the Law Society's website by doing a search under the name Deanna Sgro.
Law Times, September 19, 2011
Lawyer seeks stay over 'fundamental unfairness'
Candidate for the Liberal party in the 2018
provincial election in Ontario
Deanna Sgro--who formerly went by her married name--Deanna Natale--has been nominated as the Liberal candidate in the new Ontario provincial riding of Humber River--Black Creek.
Commencing in 2011 a three-member panel at the Law Society presided over a lengthy disciplinary proceeding for collection lawyer Deanna Natale--who now goes by the name Deanna Sgro.
According to a Press Release dated October 23, 2013, distributed by Affinity Global, Global Credit & Collection Inc. would carry on business as Affinity Global effective that date.
This is a screenshot of paragraphs 9 and 10 from the February 8, 2013 decision of the Law Society Hearing Panel in the matter of the Law Society v. Deanna Lynn Natale.
The three-member panel presiding at the Law Society's disciplinary hearing for Deanna Natale--who today goes by the name of Deanna Sgro--found Ms. Natale engaged in professional misconduct on February 8, 2013.
On October 31, 2010, CBC National News reported that collection lawyer Deanna Natale was to appear before a disciplinary hearing of the Law Society of Upper Canada for alleged professional misconduct.
On February 6, 2018 Sean O'Shea of Global National News did a story in which he interviewed lawyer Mark Silverthorn in connection with Deanna Sgro's high-volume debt collection law practice.
Provided legal services for two of Canada's largest collection agencies over the past 17 years