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 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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  • Opinion 582

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 582
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: April 2008

    May a lawyer enter into a fee arrangement in which the lawyer bills for his services and the client agrees that, if payment is not made to the lawyer within 30 days of tender of the invoice, the lawyer may charge the client’s credit card for the amount of the invoice?

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  • Opinion 581

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 581
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: April 2008

    May a lawyer entering into an agreement to defend a client in litigation include in the engagement agreement with the client a provision that requires the client to pay defense expenses incurred by the lawyer if the lawyer is later joined as a defendant in the litigation?

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  • Opinion 580

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 580
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: March 2008

    Is a lawyer’s refusal to comply with an arbitration decision in a fee dispute with a client a violation of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct? 

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  • Opinion 579

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 579
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: November 2007

    Question 1: May a lawyer in a public defender’s office avoid a conflict of interest arising from representation of two different clients by referring one of the clients to another lawyer in the same public defender’s office?             Question 2: May a lawyer in a public defender’s office, after concluding that a conflict exists, continue to represent a client subsequent to withdrawing as counsel for another client?

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