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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1-Adversity to Current Clients

3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

18-Consent and Prospective Waivers

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

A criminal defense lawyer acted improperly in representing two criminal defendants in separate cases, knowing that one defendant's defense to a fire arms charge was based on his acquisition of a gun to protect himself from the other defendant. The Bar concluded that "the adverse affect [sic] of these simultaneous representations was too clear to have reasonably been believed otherwise." Although consent could not have cured the conflict, the Bar also noted that the lawyer had not obtained consent after full disclosure.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn