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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2-Adversity to Former Clients

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer may represent a wife in a divorce case even though the lawyer previously represented the husband in a land dispute. In the previous representation, the lawyer learned general financial information about the husband, including the value of the property and the husband's difficulty in paying attorneys' bills, but this information was of a general and a public nature and not a "confidence or secret."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn