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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3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

71-Representing Corporations

A lawyer represented a corporation which had six shareholders. After the shareholders began to quarrel, one of the shareholders planned to sue the other shareholders (and perhaps the corporation as well). Assuming that the corporation's lawyer had not "met with or received confidences as to the corporation or otherwise" from the potential plaintiff shareholder, the lawyer may continue to represent the corporation and the four shareholders who might be sued. The lawyer must withdraw from representing both the shareholders and the corporation should a conflict develop between them.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn