The British Columbia Bar Association is trying to prevent a Kelowna man from allegedly continuing to engage in the unauthorized practice of law.
The Law Society of BC wants to prevent a Kelowna man who has claimed to have a “certified genius-level IQ” from continuing to engage in the alleged practice of unlicensed law and operating a website offering legal services. .
A petition filed in the BC Supreme Court says the Law Society, which regulates attorneys in the province, received multiple complaints that Scott McCluskey was filing as an attorney without being registered with the society.
McCluskey is alleged to have emailed a credit union attorney, part of a proceeding in which McCluskey had a financial interest, demanding that the proceeding be resolved out of court and stating that he had never lost a single only criminal, civil or constitutional law case in 25 years, “or never”.
Between April 12 and May 9, McCluskey reportedly corresponded with a general contractor to hold him for a home inspection, telling him that he was a lawyer for 30 years, but after a relationship breakdown, McCluskey allegedly sent several messages from text threatening legal action for failing to undertake the job.
In April, McCluskey was allegedly kicked out of a bar in Port McNeill after he refused to wear a mask, claiming he had a medical exemption for COVID-19 public health orders. An affidavit from the bar owner says McCluskey told his staff that he was a lawyer, had threatened legal action, and was intimidating and aggressive.
The Law Society Says McCluskey is not and has never been registered as a lawyer in BC
The Optik Law website states that McCluskey is a Harvard graduate and is its “resident expert” in Canadian constitutional law and civil litigation law.
After receiving a message from the Law Society asking him to stop telling people he was a lawyer and to shut down the website, McCluskey replied, “Fuck you. Freedom of expression.”
McCluskey also claimed that he had a “certified genius-level IQ,” but admitted that he was not and had never been a member of the Law Society.
There has yet been a response to the petition, which contains allegations that have yet to be proven in court. McCluskey could not be reached for comment.