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

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer may not represent the mother in a custody dispute after having previously represented the grandparents in a separate custody proceeding, because it was "extremely likely" that the mother's interests would be adverse to the grandparents (the representation would also be impermissible if the lawyer had obtained confidences from the grandparents that could now be used against them).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn