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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71-Representing Corporations

Determining if representing one corporate affiliate and being adverse to another creates a conflict depends on: the lawyer's and client's understanding of which corporate entities are clients; the clients' expectations; the facts of the representation; the nature of the corporate affiliation (a client's affiliate corporation will only "rarely" be considered a client if the client does not own a controlling portion of the affiliate and the lawyer has had no dealings with the affiliate); and the sharing of any confidential information. Generally, such adversity is only "indirect".

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn