On May 30, 2018, Ann Bridgeforth Tribbey filed a petition with the Clerk of the Disciplinary System for reinstatement of her license to practice law pursuant to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia Part 6, § IV, ¶ 13-25.E. On June 6, 2018, 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 March 22, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at the State Corporation Commission, Courtroom A, 1300 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219. 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 is seeking information regarding Ms. Tribbey’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, Suite 700, Richmond, Virginia, 23219 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than March 15, 2019. Comments will become a matter of public record. Copies of Ms. Tribbey’s November 20, 2003, Order of Revocation (with Ms. Tribbey’s Affidavit Declaring Consent to Revocation) and the Petition for Reinstatement with all attachments 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. Tribbey was initially licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia on October 2, 1984. On November 20, 2003, the Virginia State Bar accepted her Affidavit Consenting to Revocation and entered an order revoking her license to practice law, effective that date. At the time she consented to the revocation of her license, three cases were pending before the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board. These cases involved violations of the Consumer Real Estate Protection Act, Va. Code § 6.1-2.19 et seq. (“CRESPA”) and Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct regarding diligence and safekeeping property.
Ms. Tribbey was registered with the Virginia State Bar, (“VSB”), as an attorney settlement agent. In October and November 2002, the VSB received reports of attorney trust account overdrafts. These overdrafts occurred while Ms. Tribbey was acting in her capacity as attorney settlement agent. Ms. Tribbey closed a residential real estate transaction and disbursed monies before the funds were wired into her CRESPA account.
A third overdraft occurred in September 2003 when Ms. Tribbey, acting in her capacity as attorney settlement agent, disbursed funds in connection with a real estate closing but failed to deposit the loan proceeds into her CRESPA account for one month.
At the time of her revocation, Ms. Tribbey had failed to reconcile her trust account on a monthly or quarterly basis, had maintained no subsidiary ledgers and had kept all deposit slips and wire transfer certifications in client files. On at least two occasions, when Ms. Tribbey disbursed funds from her CRESPA account in connection with residential real estate closings, she used money belonging to other clients or third parties to fund the disbursements.
In her Petition for Reinstatement, Ms. Tribbey asserted that she is a person of honest demeanor and good moral character and possesses the requisite fitness to practice law in Virginia. She stated that in 2003 she was spending less time in the office due to her focus on grave personal family issues. Ms. Tribbey stated that when she was notified of account overdrafts by the VSB in October 2003, she immediately felt that money had been stolen or that she had committed a gross error. Ms. Tribbey claims that she sought help from another attorney and discovered that loans had not been properly funded by mortgage companies, and that her assistant had not properly determined which loans were funded. Ms. Tribbey stated that after notification to the lenders, the funds were eventually deposited into her account.
On November 8, 2015, Ms. Tribbey took and passed the Multi-State Professional Examination. She asserts that she has completed sixty hours of Continuing Legal Education Credits with at least ten of those in the areas of legal ethics and professionalism.
The VSB’s Client Protection Fund has not disbursed any money due to Ms. Tribbey’s misconduct. Ms. Tribbey does not owe the VSB any costs or fees associated with any complaint against her.
Ms. Tribbey reported that her employment since revocation of her license has included teaching positions at Centura College and Virginia Union University. She has volunteered at Comfort Zone Camp and has run a teenage group home out of her house.Updated: Jan 22, 2019
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