CODY — The Wyoming Supreme Court yesterday disbarred Cody-based business lawyer Jody Montgomery Vannoy, saying she "misappropriated, fraudulently conveyed or used for her personal benefit" nearly $700,000 from a client's trust.
The beneficiary of the trust brought a suit against Vannoy, and she received an interim order of suspension in September 2012. The court issued a $696,000 civil judgment against Vannoy for the fraudulent activity while cementing her disbarment.
Vannoy received a formal disciplinary charge alleging a criminal act that "reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects." The disciplinary action also alleged fraud and conduct that hurts the administration of justice.
Vannoy failed to answer the formal charge.
The Board of Professional Responsibility then recommended that Vannoy be disbarred, and the she be ordered to pay restitution to the beneficiary of the trust, which the court approved. The court also ordered Vannoy to pay administrative costs to the Wyoming State Bar totaling more than $2,300 related to the charges.
According to the Legal Information Institute, Vannoy, a University of Wyoming law school graduate, had been a member of the Wyoming State Bar since 1986. Martindale.com
, a directory of lawyers that allows for peer ratings to help people access quality lawyers in every state, lists Vannoy's peer rating at 2.9 out of 5, or "meets very high criteria of general ethical standards." The company does not show how many other lawyers had reviewed Vannoy, nor did it provide more than the collective rating.
Vannoy's listed business number has been disconnected.
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