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

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

A lawyer may not defend one party to a three-car accident when the party's interests are "potentially adverse" to another driver the lawyer had previously defended on criminal charges arising from the accident. [The Bar did not discuss the possibility of consent, or acknowledge the differing standards between civil negligence and criminal negligence.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn