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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35-Threatening Criminal and Disciplinary Action

A lawyer's threat to file a disciplinary complaint against his adversary to gain an advantage in a civil case would violate the Model Rules if: the adversary's conduct required reporting; the misconduct was unrelated to the civil matter; the disciplinary charges are not well-founded in fact or law: or the threat is designed solely to harass.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn