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August 18, 2017

Clients’ Protection Fund Awards $66,392.99 to People Defrauded by Virginia Lawyers

The Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund Board awarded $66,392.99 in reimbursement to former clients of four Virginia attorneys at its most recent meeting on May 5, 2017. 

Docket Number

Respondent’s Name

Address of Record

Amount Paid

Type of Case

16-555-003028           

Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla

Woodbridge, VA

$50,000.00

Unearned fees and embezzlement

17-555-003082           

Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla

Woodbridge, VA

$ 1,500.00

Unearned fees/Civil case

17-555-003100           

Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla

Woodbridge, VA

$ 1,500.00

Unearned fees/Divorce

17-555-003102

Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla

Woodbridge, VA

$  1,742.01     

Unearned fees/Bankruptcy

17-555-003105           

Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla

Woodbridge, VA

$     539.23

Unearned fees/Domestic relations

17-555-003106           

Paul Elton Turner, Jr (Deceased)

Newport News, VA

$     350.00

Unearned fees/Misdemeanor case

17-555-003108           

Shane Lee Jimison

Henrico, VA

$     261.75

Unearned fees/Child support

17-555-003111           

Tawana Denise Shephard

Alexandria, VA

$10,500.00                 

Unearned fees/Child suppor

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 taxpayer funded, but is funded by Virginia lawyers who are assessed an annual fee of up to $25. For more information on the fund, go to https://www.vsb.org/site/public/clients-protection-fund.

If you have any questions, you may contact Vivian R. Byrd, Administrator to Clients’ Protection Fund, at (804) 775-0572 or e-mail cpf@vsb.org.

Updated: Aug 18, 2017