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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2-Adversity to Former Clients

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer may not represent a mother seeking custody of her child currently in the custody of another couple when the lawyer earlier represented the other couple in adopting another child of the same mother, because the matters are substantially related and it is presumed that the lawyer learned confidences from the couple that could now be used to their disadvantage.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn