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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8-Bills and Fees

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

A lawyer representing a claimant in a worker's compensation matter must negotiate a pro rata contribution to the lawyer's fee from each treating physician. Such fee negotiations do not give rise to the expectation of confidentiality, so the lawyer may be adverse to one of the treating physicians in a malpractice claim even if the lawyer negotiated a fee matter with that treating physician (as long as the malpractice claim was not discussed).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn