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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48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

84-Direct Mail Marketing

[WITHDRAWN 9/16] A lawyer may send letters to criminal defendants indicating the primary areas of the lawyer's practice, but may not indicate in the letter that "I am sure you will find that my fees are substantially lower than the normal rates of this community" because it would not be a verifiable statement.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn