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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11-"Of Counsel" Relationship

13-Marketing - Miscellaneous

45-Law Firms - Miscellaneous

Describing relationships between law firms using terms like "network", "alliance", "correspondent", "affiliate" or "associate", without more, tends to mislead. If such a relationship would be relevant to a prospective client, the lawyer could include such a description in a retainer letter with such a client. Clients must be advised of relationships among firms (such as "of counsel" relationships) that might create a conflict of interests.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn