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

3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

4-Witness-Advocate Rule

58-Real Estate Lawyers

A lawyer had represented both the buyer and seller in a real estate transaction. The lawyer should not have later represented one against the other in a dispute over the deed because it was "reasonably likely" that the lawyer might be a witness (having prepared the deed) and because the lawyer had previously represented the defendant in the same transaction.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn