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

9-Government Lawyer Conflicts

51-Government Attorneys

A Commonwealth's Attorney should not prosecute a defendant who was a former client of the Commonwealth Attorney's former law firm on the same matter, although the Commonwealth's Attorney could rebut the inference of confidential knowledge by proving that the Commonwealth's Attorney did not work on the case while at the former firm.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn