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

Unless both clients consent, a lawyer should not take differing positions in unrelated matters if there is a substantial risk that the lawyer will materially undercut the position the lawyer is taking for a client (this is more likely to occur if the litigation is in the same jurisdiction).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn