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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20-Government Official Conflicts

A lawyer acting as a Commissioner in Chancery in a lawsuit brought by a homeowners' association to enforce its lien for unpaid assessments may not be involved in the lawsuit if he participated "personally and substantially" in the assessment matter while in private practice. Work performed by the lawyer's partner in private practice is not imputed to the lawyer for this analysis -- the "conflict is personal to him."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn