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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16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

32-Lawyers Acting in Other Roles (Miscellaneous)

72-Representing Partnerships

A lawyer represents a limited partnership suing a city on a zoning matter. One of the five general partners later joins the law firm representing the city. The general partner has conveyed the partnership interest to a trust, and the city's law firm has erected an ethics screen around the former general partner. Although the general partner was involved in "legal discussions involving strategy, settlement and the conduct of the suit" before leaving the limited partnership, there was no ethical violation because there had been no attorney-client relationship between the partner and the limited partnership.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn