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2-Adversity to Former Clients

A lawyer represented a plaintiff against a real estate firm and its principal. The defendant claimed that one of the lawyer's partners had earlier handled a number of collection matters for the principal or the real estate company. However, in those earlier matters the real estate firm was simply the rental manager and not a named party, so there was no actual attorney-client relationship between the lawyer's partner and the real estate company or its principal (and thus no impediment to the lawyer's current representation).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn