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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7-Family Conflicts

9-Government Lawyer Conflicts

28-Law Firm Staff

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

51-Government Attorneys

A law firm may represent clients being prosecuted for traffic or criminal cases even though the spouse of one of the firm's associates is an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. The same is true when a firm employs a paralegal whose spouse is the Commonwealth's Attorney. In both cases, the firm must advise its clients and the court of the relationships.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn