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

7-Family Conflicts

45-Law Firms - Miscellaneous

71-Representing Corporations

A lawyer who represents companies that compete with a company employing the lawyer's non-lawyer fiancé may continue to represent the clients as long as they are only adverse "in a business setting" to the fiancé's employer and "unless and until any two or more clients become adverse to each other in legal matters." Any disqualification of the lawyer based on the engagement is not imputed to the other lawyers in the firm.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn