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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5-Lawyers Changing Jobs

10-Former Government Lawyer Conflicts

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

51-Government Attorneys

A law firm hiring a former Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney may defend criminal cases that arose while the lawyer was in public service, as long as the lawyer had no involvement in the cases while in public service. [Rule 1.11 allows a law firm to avoid disqualification in certain circumstances if it screens the former government lawyer.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn