Opinions

All opinions of the Committee on Professional Ethics are available online here.  To locate a specific opinion or opinions, enter the opinion number or keyword in the appropriate search box below. Licensed attorneys may also call 877-953-5535 for access to opinions

The Committee on Professional Ethics issues opinions pursuant to Tex. Gov’t. Code §81.091- 81.095.  §81.091(a) states that “[t]he committee shall, either on its own initiative or when requested to do so by a member of the state bar, express its opinion on the propriety of professional conduct other than on a question pending before a court of this state.”   The nine members of the Committee are appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

For proposed opinions open for comment, visit the State Bar of Texas website.

  • Opinion 692

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 692
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: October 2021

    Does a lawyer have a duty under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct to correct false statements made by his client in response to questioning by the opposing party’s counsel during a deposition?

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  • Opinion 691

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 691
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: June 2021

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, when may a lawyer represent a client adverse to a former prospective client of the lawyer or another lawyer in the lawyer’s firm?

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  • Opinion 690

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 690
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: October 2020

    Does a lawyer who represents a defendant in a criminal matter violate the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct if, after receiving tangible evidence from the lawyer’s client, the lawyer does not reveal the existence of the evidence until trial and refuses to allow the prosecuting attorney to inspect the evidence until the court orders the lawyer to do so?

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  • Opinion 689

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 689
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: September 2020

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer use a nonlawyer employee to attract prospective clients to a booth in a public place operated by that nonlawyer employee?

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  • Opinion 688

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 688
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2020

    1. When a lawyer retained under a contingent fee agreement withdraws from the representation due to a nonconsentable conflict of interest discovered shortly after he filed plaintiff’s lawsuit, is it a violation of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for the withdrawing lawyer to refer his client to a lawyer in another law firm and arrange for a division of fees between the withdrawing lawyer and the lawyer to whom the matter is referred? 2. Is it a violation of the Rules for the withdrawing lawyer to reach an agreement with his former client that provides for the withdrawing lawyer to be reimbursed for costs and compensated

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  • Opinion 687

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 687
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: April 2020

    1. Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, must a staff lawyer employed by an insurance company to defend its insureds comply with the company’s guidelines regarding the defense of such cases? 2. What are a lawyer’s obligations if an insurance company cuts a staff lawyer’s support staff?

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  • Opinion 686

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 686
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: January 2020

    May a Texas lawyer practice law as an associate or other non-partner firm lawyer—and the only lawyer in the Texas office—of a law firm whose partners are only licensed to practice law outside of Texas?

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  • Opinion 685

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 685
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: January 2020

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may lawyers encourage current and former clients to post positive reviews or comments and favorable “star” ratings of the lawyer through a search engine’s or social media platform’s review feature?

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  • Opinion 684

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 684
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: August 2019

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer, who is departing a law firm, take the firm’s only copy of client files in which the lawyer personally represented the clients and delete client files, documents, or data from the firm’s electronic document repository and devices without approval of the law firm?

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  • Opinion 683

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 683
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: March 2019

    Does a lawyer violate the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct by making statements to the news media about a case pending on appeal when the lawyer criticizes the opponent’s litigation tactics and reiterates the misconduct alleged in the underlying complaint? 

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