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

24-Representation of or Adversity to Witnesses

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer represented a client in a divorce action, and learned substantial facts about the client's close friend and associate. After the divorce case was over, the friend's former wife asked the lawyer to represent her in a spousal support case. The lawyer may do so as long as the lawyer does not use confidential information gained from the client in the first representation. [The Bar did not indicate whether confidential information about the client's "close friend and associate" would be considered such a protected confidence.]

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