Q In my Virginia personal injury case, can anything I discuss with my attorney be used against me in court?
No. The relationship between you, as a client, and your lawyer is called "attorney-client privilege" and provides that anything you discussed with regards to the case cannot be disclosed. This is to ensure that you feel comfortable and secure talking to your attorney.
This rule extends to any of the attorney's agents. In cases where there are multiple defendants, the rule still applies and cannot be broken without the consent of all defendants. It is also still in effect even when you attend a conference without your attorney present.
You, as the client, not the attorney, have the right to waive, or deny, this privilege. It may be done by directly waiving the right or by someone inferring a waiver because of your actions.