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

3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

Two partners began to represent adverse parties in a personal injury action without realizing it. When the adversity came to light, one of the partners withdrew from representing the prospective defendant with the defendant's consent. The files of this brief representation were sealed and the lawyer did not discuss it with the lawyer who withdrew. As long as the plaintiff consents, the other partner may continue to represent the plaintiff as along as the lawyer had not obtained any confidential information from the partner who had to drop a client.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn