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

51-Government Attorneys

A lawyer may defend cases in courts in which the lawyer's spouse (an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney) is prosecuting cases, as long as they do not represent adversaries in the same case. [Rule 1.8(i) now allows related lawyers to be directly adverse to one another if the clients consent.]

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