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

73-Family Law Lawyers

General rules regarding family members practicing in law firms opposing each other; representation of opposing parties by different members of the same family is per se unethical; lawyers sharing "intimate or close relationships" may represent opposing parties only with consent. [This was overruled by Rule 1.8(i), which now allows related lawyers to be directly adverse to one another if the clients consent.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn