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

24-Representation of or Adversity to Witnesses

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

51-Government Attorneys

A part-time Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney may not continue representing a client in a civil matter after criminal charges are brought, even if the lawyer is not involved in the criminal prosecution. The lawyer's spouse and law partners are also disqualified. The part-time Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney or that lawyer's spouse or law partner may represent a civil client as long as there are no proceedings or investigations pending.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn