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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69-Lawyers Acting as Expert Witnesses

A lawyer serving as an expert witness does not establish an attorney-client relationship with the party for whom the lawyer will testify, although the lawyer may be bound by other law to keep any information acquired from the party confidential. Because a lawyer acting as an expert consultant may be bound by the ethics rules, the lawyer should define the relationship carefully at the beginning.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn