News and Information
June 12, 2018

VSB Clients’ Protection Fund Board Awards $19,440.00 to Former Clients

The Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund Board awarded $13,640.00 in reimbursement to former clients of three Virginia attorneys at its most recent meeting on May 4, 2018. In addition, the board authorized payments totaling $5,800.00 to former clients of Karen M. Kennedy and Jud Andrew Fischel, whose claims were approved in January 2018, but subject to a reconsideration request by the subject attorneys, then affirmed in May 2018. Details of the payments are:

Docket Number

Respondent’s Name

Address of Record

Amount Paid

Type of Case

18-555-003124

Karen M. Kennedy

Fredericksburg, VA

$3,300.00

Unearned fees/ Consumer Law

18-555-003126

Jud Andrew Fischel

Warrenton, VA

$2,500.00

Unearned fees/ Civil Law - State

18-555-003142

Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla

Richmond, VA

$2,250.00

Unearned fees/Landlord/Tenant

18-555-003146

Karen M. Kennedy

Fredericksburg, VA

$6,190.00

Unearned fees/Consumer Credit/Real Estate

18-555-003150

John Fredrick  McGarvey

Glen Allen, VA

$3,200.00

Unearned fees/Criminal Law

18-555-003160

John Fredrick  McGarvey

Glen Allen, VA

$2,000.00

Unearned fees/Criminal Law

The Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund was created by the Supreme Court of Virginia in 1976 to reimburse persons who suffer a financial loss because of dishonest conduct by a Virginia lawyer.  Awards from the Clients’ Protection Fund are discretionary and are not a matter of right.  The fund is not funded by taxpayers, rather by Virginia lawyers who are assessed an annual fee of up to $25.

More information on the fund may be found here.

Please contact Vivian R. Byrd, Administrator to Clients’ Protection Fund, at (804) 775-0572 or e-mail cpf@vsb.org with questions.

Updated: Jun 12, 2018