These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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21-Reporting Another Lawyer's Unethical Conduct

29-Advancing Fees and Costs

A lawyer may not advance a client money against a future settlement, unless it is to cover litigation expenses. In litigation matters, clients' payment of advanced costs and expenses may be contingent on the outcome. A lawyer learning in a deposition that an opponent has engaged in this unethical conduct must report the lawyer only if the client consents to the reporting after consultation, and in that circumstance seek relief from a protective order covering the deposition testimony so that it can be reported.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn