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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7-Family Conflicts

9-Government Lawyer Conflicts

A lawyer may be employed as assistant county attorney although the lawyer's spouse and the spouse's law firm often litigate against the county, as long as (1) all clients consent; and (2) the lawyer has no contact with any litigation in which the spouse is involved. [Rule 1.8(j) permits related lawyers to be directly adverse to one another if the clients consent after full disclosure.]

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