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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35-Threatening Criminal and Disciplinary Action

41-Non-Virginia Lawyers

A lawyer may not threaten to bring criminal charges to gain a civil advantage. A lawyer not a member of the Virginia Bar is not subject to Virginia's disciplinary rules, but the lawyer's conduct "may be of interest to the disciplinary body of the jurisdiction in which he is licensed to practice." [Under Rule 8.5, a non Virginia lawyer is subject to Virginia discipline if providing services in Virginia.]

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