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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2-Adversity to Former Clients

Without consent, a lawyer may not be adverse to a former client if: (1) the matters are "substantially related;" or (2) the lawyer received relevant secrets or confidences from the former client. (It appears that the lawyer withdrew from one representation in this hypothetical, which allowed the lawyer to continue representing another client with adverse interests).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn