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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2-Adversity to Former Clients

24-Representation of or Adversity to Witnesses

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer represented an ex-husband in child-support matters. After that representation, the lawyer was hired by another client (in a divorce action), who was living with the ex-husband's former wife. After that representation ended, the ex-husband again hired the lawyer for child-support matters. The Bar concluded that the representation of the ex-husband and the prior representation of the other client in the divorce matter were unrelated, but that the lawyer could represent the ex-husband only if the lawyer had not gained any confidences about the former wife while representing the other client then living with the former wife.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn