These disciplinary proceedings garnered significant attention in the media. These disciplinary proceedings were covered by a broad variety of print and television outlets including the CBC National News, Canadian Business magazine, and the Law Times, a weekly publication for Ontario's lawyers.
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Law Times, January 17, 2011
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Law Times, November 15, 2010
Deanna Sgro (formerly Deanna Natale)
Canadian Business, April 7, 2011
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Law Times, September 19, 2011
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.
Deanna Sgro--who for many years went by Deanna Natale--is a lawyer who is the VP Corporate Services & General Counsel for Affinity Global. Affinity Global is one of the largest collection agencies in Canada. Affinity Global used to operate under the name of Global Credit & Collection Inc.
For several years Deanna Sgro, when she went under the name of Deanna Natale, did collection work for Global Credit & Collection Inc., one of the largest collection agencies operating in Canada. Representatives from her law firm would routinely telephone consumers demanding payment of accounts on behalf of some of Canada's largest creditors. This activity resulted in a significant number of complaints from members of the public which, in turn, lead to the Law Society of Upper Canada--the body responsible for regulating the conduct of lawyers--to commence disciplinary proceedings in connection with the manner in which she ran her law firm.
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.
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