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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8-Bills and Fees

16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

A civil rights defense lawyer may raise the issue of attorneys' fees in settlement discussions, and the plaintiff's lawyer may negotiate a fee as part of a settlement as long as the client consents.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn