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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4-Witness-Advocate Rule

16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

A lawyer who is named as a co-defendant may act as an advocate for the client and a witness and advocate for himself or herself, unless the lawyer's testimony would be prejudicial to the client. [It is surprising that the Bar did not find a conflict here, because the lawyer's interests would seem likely to conflict with the client's interests.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn