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 638

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 638
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: October 2013

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for Texas lawyers, who practice law in two Texas law firms and who are also licensed to practice in another state, to conduct a cooperative law practice in the other state using a firm name that combines the names of the two Texas law firms?

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  • Opinion 637

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 637
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: August 2013

    Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct permit a lawyer to include in an agreement with a client the client’s waiver of rights under Texas statutes providing civil remedies for violations of laws against barratry? May a lawyer settle with a client who is not represented by other legal counsel a claim under Texas statutes providing civil remedies for barratry violations? Must a lawyer who has been sued under the Texas statutes providing civil remedies for barratry violations report such fact to the State Bar of Texas?

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  • Opinion 636

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 636
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: August 2013

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a court-appointed criminal defense lawyer to accept payment from a county based on a fee schedule that authorizes fixed fees based on the stage at which the case is disposed of?

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  • Opinion 635

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 635
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: August 2013

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct is a lawyer permitted to advise, for a fee, a pro se litigant in a divorce or related family law matter concerning “self-help” forms prepared by the litigant if such services by the lawyer are conditioned on the litigant’s signed agreement that no lawyer-client relationship exists between the lawyer and the litigant? Is the lawyer permitted to limit the scope of his services in such cases to advice concerning the “self-help” forms?

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  • Opinion 634

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 634
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2013

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, is it permissible for a law firm to continue to include in the firm name the name of a lawyer who temporarily moves out of Texas and accepts a job that prohibits the lawyer from engaging in the private practice of law? Is it permissible for that lawyer to continue as a member of the Texas law firm and to maintain a financial interest in the Texas law firm?

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  • Opinion 633

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 633
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2013

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for the general counsel of an entity jointly owned by two cities to be an employee of one of the cities?

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  • Opinion 632

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 632
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2013

    Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct require a Texas lawyer to report to the appropriate disciplinary authority another Texas lawyer’s use of a trade name that is based on the name of the city where the second lawyer practices?

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  • Opinion 631

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 631
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2013

    Does a district attorney violate provisions of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct by publishing the names of persons charged with driving while intoxicated?

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  • 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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