UPDATE: Kelowna man behind ‘Optik Law’ website says he is not a lawyer | iINFOnews
October 21, 2021 – 7:48 AM
The BC Law Society is bringing in a judge to help stop a Kelowna man posing as a lawyer.
The company alleges in a petition that Scott McCluskey has told several people – including in several alleged threats – that he has been a lawyer for 30 years.
In an email, McCluskey denied the allegations, saying the only law he has ever practiced relates to cases where he represents himself.
âI don’t have clients, I never billed anyone because I never offered legal services,â he said. “I never passed the bar, nor claimed to have done it.”
This, despite the fact that it has a website claiming to be a law firm offering legal services, which also lists a lawyer and a “paralegal, forensic accountant” on its staff, as well as testimonials.
When asked, he replied, âThe website is a travesty. Do you believe everything on the Internet? ”
This website, Optik Law, calls McCluskey the âFounder, Partnerâ and describes McCluskey as follows: âA Harvard graduate, he is our resident expert in Canadian constitutional law and civil litigation law, and has extensive experience in criminal law. Canadian. you need your business / family or friends protected that’s who you want in your corner.
It also offers a disclaimer that “some specialists are not associated with the bar. Individual results will vary. No remunerationâ¦ charged. We provide results to our clients. Satisfaction (sic) based on agreed preliminary summaries and mutual expectations. ”
Despite a “testimony” from a retired Kelowna psychologist – who has neither confirmed nor denied writing the testimony – who proclaims McCluskey a “certified genius, top 2-5%”, the website is littered with spelling and grammar mistakes.
Harvard University also says it has no record of Scott McCluskey graduating from Harvard.
The Law Society says that Optik Law is not registered with the Company, nor a company registered in British Columbia. Other members of his team are also nowhere to be found, either in the company registry or even through a basic Google search.
McCluskey has not formally responded to the petition and none of the allegations made have been proven in court.
The Company said it has received several complaints that McCluskey sees himself as a lawyer and Optik Law as his law firm. He wrote to an attorney at Interior Savings Credit Union about a case in which he had a financial interest, demanding that the proceedings be settled out of court.
He said in the letter that he “never lost a single criminal, civil or constitutional case for 25 years or never” and signed it as “lawyer”.
The company also has other affidavits suggesting that he told two other people, including a police officer, that he was a lawyer and that he practiced law.
In his email, McCluskey focused most of his writing on these affidavits. They occurred during a dispute with the owner of a pub in Port McNeil over McCluskey claiming to have a valid medical exemption from wearing a mask.
McCluskey explained in detail how he was discriminated against for not wearing a mask and refused entry to several businesses. On the Optik Law website, he also includes a lengthy missive on the constitutionality of public health orders and quoting âa friendâ Dr Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro.
“We at OPTIK LAW can help you, see what you need to see … and hold accountable for deep violations of fundamental Canadian law, our constitutional rights, and make them pay … This is not a judge, only a court of law a judge a jury and the ultimate arbiter, GOD, must weigh the scales of Lady Justice, who is BLIND … and only GOD judges, âhe wrote in the blog section Grammatical and other errors have been reproduced exactly as they appear.
iINFOnews.ca has attempted to confirm testimony, including several from lawyers in British Columbia and other Canadian lawyers, which appear on its page.
A lawyer, Kate Saunders, denied writing or offering her testimony, while none of the others responded on time. Another testimony, apparently from an Ontario lawyer, is also not registered with the Law Society of Ontario.
–This story was updated at 7:43 a.m. on October 21 to include information from Harvard University that no student named Scott McCluskey graduated there.
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