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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9-Government Lawyer Conflicts

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

51-Government Attorneys

An Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney acts as trustee. If a lawyer in a civil case is deemed to be representing the trustee, the lawyer may not also represent criminal defendants being prosecuted by the Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. It would also be improper for the Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney to prosecute cases in that circumstance.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn