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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5-Lawyers Changing Jobs

Even if the defendant refuses to consent, a lawyer leaving a firm to establish a separate practice may represent the plaintiff in an existing case against one of the old firm's clients (a defendant in the current case) if the lawyer was not involved in the case while at the old firm and did not acquire any relevant confidences. The Bar found that the presumption that the lawyer acquired confidential information at the former firm had been rebutted.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn