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

50-Lawyer-Owned Businesses

58-Real Estate Lawyers

A lawyer may represent a developer in litigation in which an employee of a title company (of which the lawyer is part-owner) may have to testify, because the witness-advocate rule applies only when a lawyer must testify.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn