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

A lawyer represented a franchisee in a dispute with the franchisor, and later (with the first client's consent) performed limited research work for the franchisor. Because that work has now ceased, the lawyer may again represent the franchisee in a dispute with the franchisor, because the research was not substantially related to the current dispute, and the lawyer did not obtain any information while representing the franchisor that could now be used against it.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn