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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22-Interviews with Prospective Clients

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

A lawyer interviewing potential co-defendants in a criminal matter might learn confidential information from one that would preclude the representation of another. The Bar held that even if the first potential client consented, the lawyer could not represent the other criminal defendant because of the possible use of the first prospective client's confidences against the prospective client.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn