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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7-Family Conflicts

22-Interviews with Prospective Clients

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer's spouse worked in a crisis center, and received confidential information from a woman who called the crisis center. The spouse never revealed this information to the lawyer/spouse. The lawyer later began to represent (in a divorce case) the husband of the woman who had called the crisis center. Because the lawyer had not learned any of the confidences the spouse had acquired from the woman, and had never represented the woman, the lawyer may continue to represent the husband in the divorce matter.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn