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 656

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 656
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of texas
    Date: May 2016

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct may a lawyer, as a part of becoming a member of a law firm, enter into an agreement with the law firm that provides that the lawyer is restricted or prohibited from providing legal services to clients of the law firm after the lawyer’s work with the law firm ends?

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  • Opinion 655

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 655
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of texas
    Date: May 2016

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to sell accounts receivable owing by the lawyer’s clients to a collection company?

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  • Opinion 654

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 654
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: March 2016

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer encourage members of the public to visit her law office by offering to provide free information such as warrant checks and bail bond information that may be of interest to the public?

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  • Opinion 653

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 653
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: January 2016

    May a lawyer who is a party in a legal matter but who does not represent any other party in the matter communicate concerning the matter directly with a represented adverse party without the consent of the adverse party’s lawyer?

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  • 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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