A Virginia State Bar disciplinary committee sanctioned an attorney for blogging about his pending case without a disclaimer that other lawyers’ results may vary, and without first obtaining his client consent. 
 
            According to this ruling, even if blog statements are true and the court decision being promoted is a matter of public record,
Rule 1.6 of the Professional Guidelines requires that a client agree to become the subject of their attorney’s advertising. 
 
            Attorneys in Virginia have a duty to protect more than just client confidences.  Counsel cannot reveal information the “disclosure of which would be embarrassing or would be likely to be detrimental.”  In this particular case, the lawyer’s blog gloated about the acquittal of a client who had tested positive for cocaine.