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

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

A lawyer who formerly represented a criminal defendant cannot represent another defendant against whom the former client will be a witness, unless the first client consents. The interest of the two clients are adverse, and the lawyer formerly represented the witness on a substantially related matter.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn