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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27-Litigation Tactics (Including Misrepresentations, Tape Recordings)

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

35-Threatening Criminal and Disciplinary Action

A lawyer may set a deadline for an adversary to settle a matter before filing a lawsuit that will include a claim for punitive damages, but may not bring a criminal action solely to gain an advantage in a civil matter. (The Bar has no jurisdiction to determine whether the lawyer would commit the common law crime of misprision of a felony by not reporting the adversary's criminal conduct).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn