Valerie Lee Barber - #170148
The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Valerie L. Barber
8502 E Chapman Ave # 605
Orange, CA 92869
|Phone Number:||(714) 508-8112|
|Fax Number:||(714) 849-5771|
||Undergraduate School:||Univ of California at Los Angeles; CA|
|Sections:||None||Law School:||Thomas Jefferson SOL; San Diego CA|
Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California
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|Effective Date||Case Number||Description|
|6/18/2011||09-O-12143||Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]|
California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries
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June 18, 2011
VALERIE LEE BARBER [#170148], 45, of Orange was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a 30-day actual suspension and she was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect June 18, 2011.Barber stipulated to eight counts of misconduct in four matters, all the result of her loan modification activities.In two matters, she held herself out to practice in Arizona and Illinois, where she was not licensed, in order to negotiate home loan modifications. She stipulated that she collected illegal fees and in both cases, entered into agreements with the clients to refund part of their fee if, in exchange, they would either withdraw a complaint against her with the State Bar or not file a complaint at all. She refunded part of those clients’ advanced fees.She also joined forces with two loan modification firms owned by nonlawyers, agreeing to review mortgage loan documents for a fee. Neither firm had an advanced fee agreement approved by the California Department of Real Estate and therefore could not legally charge clients advanced fees for loan modification services. Barber did not ask if the companies had an approved fee agreement and her participation in the modification services allowed the companies to circumvent a state requirement. Each firm collected advanced fees and represented they had an attorney working with them. Barber stopped working for one firm late in 2008 and several months later for the other firm. She admitted her activities with the companies involved moral turpitude.In mitigation, Barber has no discipline record in 16 years of practice, she cooperated with the bar’s investigation and she presented evidence of her good character.