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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20-Government Official Conflicts

28-Law Firm Staff

32-Lawyers Acting in Other Roles (Miscellaneous)

A lawyer may continue to appear before the Virginia General Assembly (not on behalf of any particular client, but rather on behalf of certain positions) even though one of the lawyer's employees now serves in the Virginia General Assembly. The Bar apparently made this approval contingent on the lawyer not acting as a "lobbyist" as that term is statutorily defined. The lawyer may also serve as a part-time litigation assistant to an employee who is serving in the Virginia General Assembly, because the lawyer will not receive any fee or cost reimbursement from the state.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn