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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16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

Unless the client consents, a lawyer may not represent a client in a civil action against a debtor while pursuing a criminal action against the debtor on behalf of the law firm (because the lawyer's self-interest may conflict with the client's interests).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn