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

16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

Absent informed consent, a lawyer may not both represent a client and be pursuing criminal charges against the client for a bounced check. The Bar appears to state that in this situation that the lawyer's self-interest would necessarily interfere with the lawyer's independent judgment.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn