LEO: Conflict of Interest - County Attorney LE Op. 1086
Conflict of Interest - County Attorney.
June 9, 1988
You advise that you are an attorney in general practice and have served
as counsel for your county's Department of Social Services (DSS) for
approximately nine years. Recent organization has placed the department
under the supervision of the county administrator. Previously, the
department was considered independent of that office, answerable only to
the regional office of the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Although you have rendered legal services to the county only as counsel
for the county Department of Social Services and although the county
retains the services of another attorney as counsel on all nonsocial
service related matters, a question has arisen as to whether you may
represent clients before the county on a nonsocial service related matter (
You wish to know whether or not it is proper for you to represent other
clients before the board of supervisors or other county departments on
matters which the county regularly retains the services of a different
The Committee believes that LE Op. 843 and LE Op. 394 are dispositive
of your inquiry, and that it would not be improper for you to represent
other clients before the board of supervisors or the other county
departments as long as the county retains the services of different
attorneys for those matters and the county and DSS consent to the
representation after full disclosure.
Committee Opinion June 9, 1988