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 619

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 619
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: June 2012

    Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct permit a prosecutor to require and defense counsel to agree that documents the prosecutor produces to defense counsel may be shown to the defendant but that copies of the documents may not be given to the defendant?

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  • Opinion 618

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 618
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: June 2012

    Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct permit lawyers to organize a law firm as a limited partnership in which the general partner is a corporation that is not a professional corporation?

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  • Opinion 617

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 617
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committe For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2012

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct may a lawyer, who is licensed to practice law in Texas and in North Carolina, practice law in North Carolina, without soliciting or representing persons in Texas, under a law firm name that is not permitted under the Texas Disciplinary Rules but that is permitted under the applicable rules of North Carolina law governing the practice of law in North Carolina?

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  • Opinion 616

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 616
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: April 2012

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a law firm agree with a for-profit legal service contract company to provide legal services at discounted rates to persons who have contracted with the legal service contract company? May a law firm having such an agreement with a for-profit legal service contract company accept referral fees from lawyers to whom the law firm refers matters that initially come to the firm under the agreement with the company?

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  • Opinion 615

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 615
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: April 2012

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a district attorney take responsibility for the investigation and possible prosecution of a local elected official in a criminal proceeding or a civil removal proceeding when the district attorney previously represented and advised the official on matters relating to the official’s performance of public duties?

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  • Opinion 614

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 614
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: April 2012

    Is a lawyer prohibited from conditioning the settlement of a civil lawsuit upon the receipt from the other party in the lawsuit of an affidavit that is acceptable to the lawyer’s client?

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  • Opinion 613

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 613
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: December 2011

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer, who has been retained by an insurance company to represent an insured person in a case that is settled based on the insurance company’s transfer of funds to the lawyer for the other party, provide, without the consent of the other party’s lawyer, written notice to the other party of the settlement payment as strongly encouraged by the Texas Department of Insurance?

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  • Opinion 612

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 612
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: November 2011

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, is it permissible for a lawyer to participate in a local bar association program, established in conjunction with local courts, in which lawyers cease to be subject to regular appointment to represent indigent persons in certain family court matters by paying an annual fee which is used to supplement payments made by the county to court-appointed lawyers who handle such matters?

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  • Opinion 611

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 611
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: September 2011

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to include in an employment contract an agreement that the amount initially paid by a client with respect to a matter is a “non-refundable retainer” that includes payment for all the lawyer’s services on the matter up to the time of trial?

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  • Opinion 610

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 610
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: August 2011

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, is a lawyer permitted to acquire, by agreement with his client, a security interest in the subject matter of litigation that the lawyer is conducting for the client in order to secure payment of the lawyer’s fee with respect to the litigation?

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