On February 9, 2017, Anne Marston Lynch Wilber petitioned the Supreme Court of Virginia for reinstatement of her license to practice law pursuant to Part 6, § IV, ¶ 13-25.E of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia. On February 17, 2017, the Clerk of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board certified that the requirements of Part 6, § IV, ¶ 13-25.F were met. Accordingly, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board will hear the Petition for Reinstatement on December 8, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at the Workers Compensation Commission, 1000 DMV Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23220. After hearing evidence and oral argument, the Disciplinary Board will make factual findings and recommend to the Supreme Court whether the petition should be granted or denied.
The Disciplinary Board seeks information about Ms. Lynch Wilber’s fitness to practice law. Written comments or requests to testify at the hearing should be submitted to DaVida M. Davis, Clerk of the Disciplinary System, 1111 East Main Street, 7th Floor, Richmond, Virginia, 23219 or by e- mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than November 27, 2017. Comments will become a matter of public record. Copies of the May 2009 Order of Suspension, the December 2009 Order of Revocation, and the Petition for Reinstatement are available to the public by contacting Ms. Davis at email@example.com or by calling the clerk’s office at (804) 775-0539.
Ms. Lynch Wilber was licensed to practice law in Virginia on October 6, 2000. On May 15, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board entered an order suspending Ms. Lynch Wilber’s license to practice law for one year based on misconduct in five cases involving lack of diligence, failure to communicate, and failure to respond to a lawful demand for information by a disciplinary authority.
On August 26, 2009, Ms. Lynch Wilber was indicted in the Circuit Court for the City of Suffolk for felony embezzlement in violation of Virginia Code Sections 18.2-111 and 18.2-95. On or about October 13, 2006, Ms. Lynch Wilber embezzled $40,000 from a church where she served as treasurer. Ms. Lynch Wilber gave the embezzled funds to a client and falsely represented that the funds were the client’s settlement proceeds from a personal injury suit. In fact, Ms. Lynch Wilber had nonsuited the client’s case and had failed to refile the case within the statutory time period, thus barring the client from recovery. Ms. Lynch Wilber repaid the church after her theft was discovered by a subsequent treasurer.
Ms. Lynch Wilber entered into a plea agreement on the embezzlement charges, which required her to consent to a revocation of her law license. On December 3, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board accepted her Affidavit Consenting to Revocation and entered an order revoking her law license effective December 4, 2009. On December 2, 2009, pursuant to the plea agreement, Ms. Lynch Wilber was found guilty of embezzlement of an amount less than $200, a lessor included misdemeanor. The court took the matter under advisement for three years and ordered that Ms. Lynch Wilber maintain good behavior and be placed on supervised probation. Ms. Lynch Wilber completed supervised probation without incident. On December 4, 2012, the court sentenced Ms. Lynch Wilber to twelve months in jail, all suspended on the condition of continued good behavior.
In her Petition for Reinstatement, Ms. Lynch Wilber acknowledges that it is her burden to establish to the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board that she is a person of honest demeanor and good moral character. Ms. Lynch Wilber states that her misconduct resulted from an element of impairment that affected her coping skills and judgment and that she has been under the care of a forensic psychologist since February 2009. Ms. Lynch Wilber submits that she has kept current with the law, has completed at least seventy credit hours of continuing legal education, including eighteen hours in ethics, all of which have been approved by the Virginia State Bar. She further provided proof that she took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination on November 7, 2015, and received a scaled score of ninety-six. The Virginia State Bar’s Client Protection Fund has not paid out any money due to Ms. Lynch Wilber’s misconduct.
Ms. Lynch Wilber’s law license was placed under a Cost Suspension on September 16, 2009, for failure to pay costs associated with the five misconduct cases that resulted in a year suspension. On March 18, 2016, Ms. Lynch Wilber paid all outstanding costs and the Cost Suspension was lifted. Presently, Ms. Lynch Wilber does not owe the Virginia State Bar any costs or fees associated from any complaints against her.
From 2009 to the present, Ms. Lynch Wilber has worked as a paralegal for her father, Virginia lawyer Benjamin P. Lynch. Ms. Lynch Wilber has also been active in community service projects through the Portsmouth Service League and has been a volunteer at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. In 2015, Ms. Lynch Wilber completed the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Course. In 2016, Ms. Lynch Wilber was a member of the Campaign Steering Committee for the John Rowe for Mayor Campaign.Updated: Sep 22, 2017
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