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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.

  • 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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  • Opinion 589

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 589
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: September 2009

    Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct permit or require a lawyer to report possibly illegal activity by an adverse party or witness when the lawyer acquires information about that activity in the course of representing a client?

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  • Opinion 588

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 588
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: September 2009

    May a lawyer enter into a contingent fee agreement with a client for representation concerning a claim under the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act where the terms of the fee agreement would in some circumstances permit the client to retain a portion of the amount awarded in the judgment or settlement as statutory attorneys’ fees?

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  • Opinion 587

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 587
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2009

    Before filing a matter with an administrative agency having decision-making authority over the matter, may a lawyer communicate with the administrative agency concerning the matter?

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  • Opinion 586

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 586
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: October 2008

    Are binding arbitration clauses in lawyer-client engagement agreements permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct?

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  • Opinion 585

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 585
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: September 2008

    In a community with only a limited number of lawyers available, may a lawyer counsel his client to retain all of the lawyers in that community for the purpose of denying local representation to the opposing party?

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  • Opinion 584

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 584
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: September 2008

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to continue to represent a client in a proceeding after learning that the conduct of the lawyer’s former client may be material to the proceeding?

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  • Opinion 583

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 583
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE
    Date: September 2008

    May a lawyer enter into an arrangement to mediate a divorce settlement between parties who are not represented by legal counsel and prepare the divorce decree and other necessary documents to effectuate an agreed divorce if the mediation results in an agreement?

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