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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1-Adversity to Current Clients

54-Insurance Defense Lawyers

Even if both parties consent, a lawyer may not represent a plaintiff in an action against a hospital medical group when the lawyer's partner was retained by an insurance carrier to represent the medical group in an unrelated matter; the law firm must withdraw from both representations. [The Bar's conclusion that consent would not cure this conflict might be different under Rule 1.7(a)'s "reasonably believes" subjective standard rather than the old Code's "obvious" standard.]

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