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

In a Superfund case, the court had entered an order under which every defendant was deemed to have cross-claimed against every other defendant. Lawyers representing more than one defendant have "opted out" of this order. Because the multiple clients have "potentially" differing interests, a lawyer may represent more than one defendant only with consent. If the "potentially differing interests mature into actual adverse interests," it may be necessary for the lawyer to withdraw from representing all the clients.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn