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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3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

A lawyer may represent plaintiffs in a products liability action while also representing third-party defendants (distributors of the product) in a separate action -- as long as the two factual situations are unrelated (except as to the nature of injuries and alleged cause) and the lawyer has not gained any confidences from the distributor that could be used on the plaintiff's behalf.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn