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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4-Witness-Advocate Rule

9-Government Lawyer Conflicts

51-Government Attorneys

A Commonwealth's Attorney and an assistant are barred from testifying in an action in which the office is involved, because the Commonwealth's Attorney's office is subject to the same restrictions applicable to a private law firm. (9/3/82) [This LEO was presumably overruled by Rule 3.7(c), under which this disqualification is not imputed to the lawyer's firm unless there is an actual conflict of interest.]

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