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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20-Government Official Conflicts

A lawyer who is a City Council member may not represent a defendant on a charge of violating a city ordinance. [This Opinion was later modified to permit the lawyer to represent clients on charges of violating ordinances as long as the lawyer complies with all ethical duties; LEO 683.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn