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

If the defendant consents, a lawyer may represent a criminal defendant even if a witness against the defendant is the lawyer's former client (on an unrelated matter) and the lawyer and the witness had a short conversation about the criminal matter (during which the lawyer did not gain any confidential information that could be used to his client's advantage or the witness's disadvantage).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn