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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1-Adversity to Current Clients

9-Government Lawyer Conflicts

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

51-Government Attorneys

A Commonwealth's Attorney may not hire a private lawyer to represent the Commonwealth in collection cases if the lawyer will be representing criminal defendants in prosecutions by the Commonwealth's Attorney. The disqualification would extend to the entire firm.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn