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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16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

32-Lawyers Acting in Other Roles (Miscellaneous)

50-Lawyer-Owned Businesses

A lawyer who also sells insurance may represent plaintiffs against insurance companies or their insureds for which the lawyer has written insurance policies, as long as the client consents. In fact, the lawyer may pursue such cases even if the lawyer wrote the policy for the defendant insured. [The Bar did not discuss the possibility that as an insurance agent the lawyer might have acquired confidential information about the defendant.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn