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

A law firm representing both beneficiaries of and contributors to an employment benefit fund does not face a per se conflict, but because the interests of the two client groups are "potentially differing" all clients must consent and the lawyer must be prepared to either withdraw or "obtain separate counsel for the issues giving rise to a conflict" should a conflict develop between the clients.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn