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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35-Threatening Criminal and Disciplinary Action

A lawyer for an employer acted improperly in sending a letter to a former employee alleging that the former employee committed perjury herself at a hearing and threatening to seek prosecution. Although it may be premature to determine if the letter was sent "solely to gain an advantage in the civil matter," the lawyer's letter was "suspect as long as there is a possibility that an advantage to the employer would result in a simultaneously pending civil suit."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn