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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1-Adversity to Current Clients

3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

58-Real Estate Lawyers

A lawyer who represents a lender in closing residential loans (often at the recommendation of the builder) may not represent a borrower in litigation against the builder, because: (1) the lawyer is administering settlement funds on behalf of other borrowers that the client could use to satisfy the client's claim against the builder; and (2) the lawyer is privy to confidential information about funds owed to or to be disbursed to the builder. Once the lawyer stops representing the borrower in the action against the builder, the lawyer may continue to handle other closings on behalf of other borrowers.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn