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 real estate seller against a landlord. To facilitate diversity jurisdiction, the lawyer was paid by the seller to represent the buyer as a nominal plaintiff. The lawyer may now represent the seller in an action against the buyer to collect upon a defaulted note, if the note matter is not substantially related to the earlier lawsuit against the landlord, and the lawyer gained no material confidences from the buyer.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn