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

5-Lawyers Changing Jobs

45-Law Firms - Miscellaneous

A lawyer may not represent the plaintiff in an accident case when a former partner in a now-dissolved firm investigated the accident, even if the lawyer may not have been privy to all of the facts uncovered by the investigation; the "partnership relationship imputes knowledge to the other partners". [Rule 1.9(b) analyzes a lawyer's actual knowledge rather than imputed knowledge when the lawyer moves to another firm.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn