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

24-Representation of or Adversity to Witnesses

As long as both clients consent, a lawyer may represent both a plaintiff against a defendant and an important witness who has been sued by the defendant. A lawyer may continue the representation even if the lawyer is called as a witness by the opposing party, unless it becomes apparent that the lawyer's testimony "is or may be" prejudicial to the clients.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn