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

5-Lawyers Changing Jobs

24-Representation of or Adversity to Witnesses

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

A criminal defense lawyer who represented one of four co-defendants in a criminal case may not join the firm of a lawyer who represents one of the other co-defendants, unless the client consents, because the two co-defendants are adverse (the first client will testify for the Commonwealth against the lawyer's new client).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn