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

22-Interviews with Prospective Clients

24-Representation of or Adversity to Witnesses

Although there is no attorney-client relationship between the lawyer for an infant and the infant's mother (acting as "next friend" in a personal injury action), the lawyer may not represent the infant in an action against his mother without the mother's consent, because "while discussing the infant's case, the mother may have divulged confidential or secret information which may present an advantage to [the lawyer's] representation of the infant and a disadvantage to the mother as a party defendant."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn