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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20-Government Official Conflicts

Although a member of a law firm may not lobby the General Assembly if one of the firm's associates serves in the General Assembly, lawyers in the firm may draft proposed legislation and the associate who serves in the General Assembly may vote on the legislation -- "unless some special benefit would accrue to the firm's client which would be beyond whatever benefit (or detriment) would accrue to the public at large." The Bar did not address statutory or General Assembly restrictions.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn