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.

  • Opinion 602

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 602
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: October 2010

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer deliver to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and file related reports concerning, funds or other property held in the lawyer’s trust account for which the lawyer is unable to locate or to identify the owner?

    Read More

  • Opinion 601

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 601
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: August 2010

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer employed by a city as an assistant city attorney refuse to withdraw from legal representation of the city because the lawyer is protected from termination of employment by civil service employment provisions of the city charter?

    Read More

  • Opinion 600

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 600
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: August 2010

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, is a lawyer for a Texas governmental agency required to ensure that the agency's enforcement officers do not communicate directly with a regulated person who is represented by a lawyer except with such lawyer’s consent?

    Read More

  • Opinion 599

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 599
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2010

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer who serves as bail bondsman for his client in a criminal prosecution add to the court’s form of bond a provision in which the client agrees that, if the client fails to appear in court, the attorney is authorized to enter a “no contest” plea that will result in a fine and may result in the issuance of a warrant for the client’s arrest?

    Read More

  • Opinion 598

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 598
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2010

    May a law firm continue to represent a client in a suit after the firm hires a lawyer who had previously represented the adverse party in another matter? STATEMENT OF FACTS Prior to seeking employment as an associate with a law firm, a lawyer personally represented a person (“Former Client”) in several breach of contract suits. The law firm currently represents a client who is suing Former Client in a breach of contract action. The matter involved in the current lawsuit is not the same as the matters in which the lawyer being considered for employment had represented Former Client. If the lawyer is hired by the law firm, the law firm proposes to screen the new associate from all matters involving Former Client.

    Read More

  • Opinion 597

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 597
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2010

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a Texas lawyer practice law as a partner or shareholder in a Texas office of a law firm that includes partners or shareholders who are licensed to practice law only in jurisdictions other than Texas and who work principally in offices of the law firm outside of Texas but who from time to time perform legal services in the law firm’s Texas office?

    Read More

  • Opinion 596

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 596
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: April 2010

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to accept an assignment of the proceeds of an insurance policy in payment of legal fees and expenses?

    Read More

  • Opinion 595

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 595
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: February 2010

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer use, for the lawyer’s benefit, information in the public record about a former client that the lawyer acquired during the course of representing the former client?

    Read More

  • Opinion 594

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 594
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: February 2010

    Is it permissible for a lawyer to recoup from a client an amount greater than the amount actually paid by the lawyer for an expense incurred in connection with the representation of the client?

    Read More

  • Opinion 593

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 593
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: February 2010

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to enter into an agreement with a client, who is not represented by independent counsel, for the settlement of the client's malpractice claim against the lawyer?

    Read More

Displaying results 81-90 (of 682)
 |<  <  5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14  >  >| 

Membership  ❯

Join us in bringing professionalism to practice.

Sign In

Cancel

Forgot Password?
Don’t have an account, create one.