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 630

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 630
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2013

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer provide to a client signed letters on the lawyer's letterhead making demands to third parties purportedly on behalf of persons who are customers of the client when the lawyer does not represent such persons?

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  • Opinion 629

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 629
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2013

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a personal injury lawyer to agree to refer all criminal cases to another lawyer in exchange for the other lawyer’s agreement to refer all personal injury cases to the personal injury lawyer?

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  • Opinion 628

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 628
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2013

    May a lawyer appear as “friend of the court” for a minor who is a party before an immigration court, provide factual background and legal argument to the court, and advise the minor as to the proceedings without acting as a lawyer for the minor?

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  • Opinion 627

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 627
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Commettee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: April 2013

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, what are the responsibilities of a law firm for preserving or disposing of files of a former client after the lawyer who represented the former client leaves the firm?

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  • Opinion 626

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 626
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: April 2013

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer, who had formerly represented a corporation in circumstances where the lawyer came to possess confidential proprietary information relating to the former client’s competitive position in its market, make a significant investment in a new business that will compete with the former client’s business?

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  • Opinion 625

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 625
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: February 2013

    Is it permissible for a lawyer who replaces a client’s prior lawyer in a litigation matter to distribute funds resulting from settlement of the litigation matter without regard to a promise of payment, of which the second lawyer is aware, given to the client’s healthcare provider in a letter signed by the client’s prior lawyer?

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  • Opinion 624

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 624
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of texas
    Date: February 2013

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer representing a client in a misdemeanor case include in an engagement agreement with the client a provision in which the client gives advance authorization for the lawyer to enter a plea of “no contest” or “guilty” in the case?

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  • Opinion 623

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 623
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: February 2013

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, is a lawyer permitted to telephone a real estate agent’s client concerning possible legal employment after the real estate agent informs the lawyer that the client has requested the lawyer to call? Is this contact permitted if the real estate agent is included in a group of business acquaintances of the lawyer to whom the lawyer regularly provides entertainment and small holiday gifts that are consistent with customary community standards and that are not related to recommendation or employment of the lawyer?

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  • Opinion 622

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 622
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: January 2013

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer obtain information regarding a potential new client’s payment history from a database containing information supplied by other lawyers on the payment history of their clients, structure an engagement agreement to provide legal services to the potential client based upon such information, and thereafter provide to the database information regarding the new client’s payments to the lawyer?

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  • Opinion 621

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 621
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: October 2012

    Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct permit a lawyer to cooperate with his client in paying the client’s former lawyer for serving as a witness in a civil proceeding?

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