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

16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

32-Lawyers Acting in Other Roles (Miscellaneous)

A law firm represented a city in a case brought by a developer. The law firm has discovered that one of its new lawyers is a shareholder of the developer (although not its lawyer). The new lawyer attended a board meeting at which the developer voted to sue the city, but there was no discussion of the merits of the case. The new lawyer claims to have no knowledge that could assist the city's defense. The city has consented to the firm's continued representation of it. The firm may continue to represent the city even if the developer objects, because its new lawyer had never represented the developer.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn