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 599

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 599
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2010

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer who serves as bail bondsman for his client in a criminal prosecution add to the court’s form of bond a provision in which the client agrees that, if the client fails to appear in court, the attorney is authorized to enter a “no contest” plea that will result in a fine and may result in the issuance of a warrant for the client’s arrest?

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  • Opinion 598

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 598
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2010

    May a law firm continue to represent a client in a suit after the firm hires a lawyer who had previously represented the adverse party in another matter? STATEMENT OF FACTS Prior to seeking employment as an associate with a law firm, a lawyer personally represented a person (“Former Client”) in several breach of contract suits. The law firm currently represents a client who is suing Former Client in a breach of contract action. The matter involved in the current lawsuit is not the same as the matters in which the lawyer being considered for employment had represented Former Client. If the lawyer is hired by the law firm, the law firm proposes to screen the new associate from all matters involving Former Client.

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  • Opinion 597

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 597
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2010

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a Texas lawyer practice law as a partner or shareholder in a Texas office of a law firm that includes partners or shareholders who are licensed to practice law only in jurisdictions other than Texas and who work principally in offices of the law firm outside of Texas but who from time to time perform legal services in the law firm’s Texas office?

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  • Opinion 596

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 596
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: April 2010

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to accept an assignment of the proceeds of an insurance policy in payment of legal fees and expenses?

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  • Opinion 595

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 595
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: February 2010

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer use, for the lawyer’s benefit, information in the public record about a former client that the lawyer acquired during the course of representing the former client?

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  • Opinion 594

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 594
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: February 2010

    Is it permissible for a lawyer to recoup from a client an amount greater than the amount actually paid by the lawyer for an expense incurred in connection with the representation of the client?

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  • Opinion 593

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 593
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: February 2010

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to enter into an agreement with a client, who is not represented by independent counsel, for the settlement of the client's malpractice claim against the lawyer?

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  • Opinion 592

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 592
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: January 2010

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer share or promise to share legal fees with a suspended lawyer?

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  • Opinion 591

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 591
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: January 2010

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for three law firms with different names to advertise cooperatively using the name of one of the law firms followed by the word “Group”?

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  • Opinion 590

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 590
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: December 2009

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a law firm seek to enter into an agreement with a member of the firm that would require, if the lawyer later left the firm, that the lawyer would not solicit the firm's clients and would pay to the firm a percentage of any fees collected by the lawyer from the firm's clients for work after the lawyer left the firm?

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