Law Society files petition against alleged fake lawyer with 'genius-level IQ'


The Law Society of B.C. is seeking to stop a Kelowna man from allegedly continuing to engage in the unauthorized practise of law.

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The Law Society of B.C. wants to block a Kelowna man, who has claimed that he has a “certified genius-level IQ,” from continuing to engage in the alleged unlicensed practice of law and from operating a website offering legal services.


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A petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court says the Law Society, which regulates the province’s lawyers, received several complaints that Scott McCluskey was holding himself out as a lawyer while not being registered with the society.

It’s alleged McCluskey sent an email to a lawyer for a credit union, a party to a proceeding in which McCluskey had a financial interest, demanding that the proceeding be settled out of court and stating that he’d never lost a single criminal, civil or constitutional law case in 25 years, “or ever.”

Between April 12 and May 9, McCluskey allegedly corresponded with a general contractor to retain him for a home inspection, telling him he was a lawyer for 30 years, but following a breakdown of dealings, McCluskey allegedly sent several texts threatening legal action for failure to undertake the work.


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In April, McCluskey allegedly was thrown out of a bar in Port McNeill after he refused to wear a mask, claiming he had a medical exemption to COVID-19 public-health orders. An affidavit from the bar owner says McCluskey told his staff he was a lawyer, threatened legal action, and was intimidating and aggressive.

The Law Society says McCluskey is not and never has been registered as a lawyer in B.C.

The website Optik Law claims McCluskey is a Harvard graduate and is their “resident expert” in Canadian constitutional law and civil litigation law.

After receiving a message from the Law Society requiring him to stop telling people he was a lawyer and to shut down the website, McCluskey said in response, “F–k off. Freedom of speech.”


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McCluskey also claimed he had a “certified genius-level IQ” but admitted he was not and had never been a member of the Law Society.

There has been no response yet to the petition, which contains allegations not yet tested in court.

McCluskey said in an email that he did have a valid medical exemption to any facial coverings that, he said, was ignored by the pub owner and the RCMP.

Regarding the incident involving the contractor, he claimed that the contractor physically assaulted him and that there would be litigation to follow. He said that police ran him out of town after he was “inexplicably” held at their detachment following the alleged assault.

“As to B.C. Law Society allegations, they are just that, allegations and nothing has been proven in a court of law,” the email said.

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