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Clients of disbarred attorney to share in receiver’s funds

Former clients of disbarred Roanoke bankruptcy attorney Ann Marie Miller will receive an average of 20 cents on the dollar for their claims under a plan generally approved by Roanoke Circuit Judge Clifford Weckstein.

Roanoke lawyer Chip Magee, the receiver for Miller’s law practice, reported holding a total of $43,516.16 available for distribution to former clients. Magee recommended allowing claims totaling $214,335. The total of claims filed was more than $246,000.

Published reports indicated 286 clients of Miller’s bankruptcy practice made claims. Some may be eligible for compensation from the Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund in addition to repayment from the receivership.

Miller’s bankruptcy practice was ordered closed after complaints from clients and reports of a public battle with a former boyfriend and practice partner. Miller pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and consented to revocation of her law license in October.

By Peter Vieth

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