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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 652

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 652
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: January 2016

    May a lawyer use a collection agency to collect past due attorney’s fees without violating the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct? May a lawyer report nonpaying clients to a credit bureau without violating the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct?

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  • Opinion 651

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 651
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: November 2015

    f a law firm’s web site provides email links for prospective clients to use to contact the firm or its lawyers, is the law firm required to include a warning notice informing persons who use the email link that, unless the sender ultimately becomes a client of the law firm, any confidential information transmitted in the email will not be treated as confidential by the law firm and may be used against the person sending the information?

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  • Opinion 650

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 650
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2015

    Must a law firm withdraw from representing a client in a lawsuit when the law firm hires an employee who is not a lawyer, paralegal or secretary but who was previously employed by the law firm that represents the opposing party in the lawsuit?

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  • Opinion 649

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 649
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2015

    May a Texas lawyer represent her employer, a federal government agency, in defending a claim against the agency brought by agency employees regarding an employment decision made by the agency, when that decision may also adversely affect the lawyer personally and result in the lawyer’s having the same or a substantially similar claim against the agency?

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  • Opinion 648

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 648
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: April 2015

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer communicate confidential information by email?

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  • Opinion 647

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 647
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: November 2014

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a Texas lawyer provide pro bono legal services through a law firm organized by the lawyer as a non-profit corporation under a name that describes the type of legal services that will be provided and includes the name of a person who has never been a lawyer in the law firm?

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  • Opinion 646

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 646
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: November 2014

    As a condition for allowing criminal defense lawyers to obtain information in the prosecutor’s file, may a prosecutor require defense lawyers to agree not to show or provide copies of the information to their clients and agree to waive court-ordered discovery in all of the lawyers’ cases?

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  • Opinion 645

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 645
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: September 2014

    Is it a violation of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to represent an individual debtor in a bankruptcy proceeding in Texas in which one of the creditors in the proceeding is a client the lawyer currently represents in other bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters that do not involve the individual debtor? Would the answer be different if the lawyer represented the creditor in the past in other unrelated matters but does not currently represent the creditor?

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  • Opinion 644 Revised

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 644
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2016

    Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct require a law firm to withdraw from representing a client in a lawsuit if the law firm hires a new lawyer who, before becoming a lawyer, was employed as a law clerk for the law firm representing the opposing party in the lawsuit and in that capacity helped provide services to the opposing party with respect to the lawsuit?

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  • Opinion 643

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 643
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2014

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, is it permissible for a lawyer to arrange for a debt management services company owned by the lawyer to refer customers of the company to the lawyer’s law firm for legal services?

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