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

4-Witness-Advocate Rule

A lawyer may represent a client against whom the lawyer had previously filed an adverse claim involved in the same matter, as long as the client consented. The lawyer may continue the representation even if the lawyer must be a witness on an uncontested matter and the opposing party would not offer opposing evidence.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn