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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28-Law Firm Staff

78-Communicating with an Employee of a Corporate Adversary

A lawyer and a legal assistant may contact representatives of a potential adversary in a patent or trademark case because the lawyer has a duty to investigate any possible claim and it is not yet known whether any actual adversity exists.Legal assistants are bound by the Code when assisting lawyers with client matters.

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