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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24-Representation of or Adversity to Witnesses

54-Insurance Defense Lawyers

An insurance company hired a lawyer to represent an employer sued for an accident involving an employee and a phantom driver. The court found the employee negligent. Two years later, the employee sued the phantom driver. The insurer hired the same lawyer to defend the uninsured motorist case. Because the lawyer did not formerly represent the employee (who was merely a witness) and did not gain any confidential information from the witness, the lawyer could defend the case.

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