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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2-Adversity to Former Clients

18-Consent and Prospective Waivers

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

As long as all clients consent, a lawyer may represent a plaintiff in a civil action although one of the lawyer's partners represented the same defendant in criminal charges arising from the same matter. If the defendant is not represented by counsel, fully informed consent may not be obtainable.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn