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

A lawyer may not represent a plaintiff in a medical malpractice action against a dentist when the lawyer previously represented the dentist in a medical malpractice action ("both the current and former representations involve the same dentist whose professional competence is at issue in both malpractice suits") and prepared wills for the dentist and the dentist's spouse ("the possession of confidential information may be imputed to the attorney . . . based upon his having earlier represented the dentist in the malpractice action and upon his having drawn wills for the dentist and his wife").

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn