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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28-Law Firm Staff

A two-member law firm hiring a secretary who until the previous week was the only secretary at another two-member law firm representing a litigation adversary will not be disqualified from the case, as long as the new firm: warns the secretary not to reveal or use any client confidences acquired at the old firm; advises all lawyers and staff not to discuss the matter with the new secretary; screens the new secretary from the litigation matter (including the new firm's files on the matter). Although not mandating any specific steps, the Bar recommends that the new firm "develop a written policy statement" regarding such situations, and note the need for confidentiality "on the cover of the file in question."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn