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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8-Bills and Fees

36-Withdrawal from Representations

71-Representing Corporations

A lawyer may withdraw from representing a corporation which refuses to pay its bills, defames the lawyer and threatens the lawyer with physical danger. The lawyer may then sue the former client for past-due bills. [The lawyer requesting the opinion practices in another country. The choice of law issues are now governed by Rule 8.5 -- although the conclusion seems consistent with every state's ethics rules.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn