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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16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

A lawyer may reveal privileged information to defend against charges of criminal conduct made by a former client, although "disclosure should be made only to the extent necessary to rebut any accusation by the former client." The Bar suggested that the lawyer should seek a judicial ruling on the propriety of disclosure.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn