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

3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

A law firm represented a mother and her young child injured in an automobile accident allegedly caused by the mother's negligence. As the matter develops, the firm stops representing the mother and engages co-counsel to represent the child against the mother. Co-counsel has never met the mother and has only discussed the merits of the child's case with the lawyer. Both the firm and co-counsel may represent the child against the mother if the mother consents. [The Bar did not address the possible different positions of the lawyer and co-counsel (who had no contact with the mother).]

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