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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9-Government Lawyer Conflicts

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

51-Government Attorneys

To avoid the appearance of impropriety, a law firm may not represent the Commonwealth's Attorney and also defend criminal cases being prosecuted by the Commonwealth's Attorney. An ethics screen within the Commonwealth's Attorney's office would not avoid this disqualification.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn