LEO: Conflict of Interest - Former  LE Op. 648


Conflict of Interest - Former Client-Prospective Client -

Substantially Related Matter - Representation - Wrongful

Death - Personal Injury.


January 9, 1985


Under the provisions of DR:5-105(B) of the Virginia Code of

Professional Responsibility, a lawyer or law firm which has formerly

represented and concluded settlement of claims of an estate for wrongful

death, may represent another individual in a substantially related matter

against a third party who precipitated the decedent's demise and whose

conduct is the basis for the prospective client's claim.


Committee Opinion January 9, 1985