How the conflict of interest law applies generally to an assistant town counsel's private practice of law.
- An attorney may serve as special municipal counsel representing a board of health in a state lawsuit.
- A former municipal attorney may represent a private client in a lawsuit in which he neither participated nor had official responsibility for as a municipal attorney.
- Section 18(a) prohibits a former municipal employee, who participated in negotiating a contract for the municipality with a private vendor, from negotiating and implementing for the vendor a second contract that would, in effect, modify the first contract. The second contract is "integrally related" to the first contract.
- A former Chairman of a town Zoning By-Law Study Committee, who is a lawyer in private practice, may serve as paid counsel to the Committee. However, his private law practice will be subject to the restrictions of G.L. c. 268A, sections 17, 18, and 23, and his official actions subject to the restrictions of G.L. c. 268A, sections 19 and 23.
- A former city councilor may represent a client in a Superior Court appeal of a city Board of Health decision on siting a solid waste facility because his participation in certain city council votes in the siting decision was not sufficiently personal and substantial.
- Section 18 of G.L. c. 268A prohibits a retail real estate broker who served on a town task force from receiving compensation from, or acting as agent for, the developer of a town site to assist it in complying with the restrictions imposed by the town, including finding buyers or renters of retail space at the site, because his compensation would be in connection with the same matter in which he participated as a municipal employee and which remains of direct and substantial interest to the town.