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 578

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 578
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: July 2007

    Under what circumstances is a law firm permitted to represent one municipality against another municipality that was a former client of the law firm? Would screening lawyers who had been involved in representation of the former client have an effect on the law firm’s eligibility to undertake the proposed representation against the former client?

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  • Opinion 577

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 577
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: March 2007

    May a law firm hire a lawyer who is not an associate, partner, or shareholder of the law firm to provide legal services for a client of the firm and then bill the client a higher fee for the work done by that lawyer than the amount paid to the lawyer by the firm?

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  • Opinion 576

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 576
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: December 2006

    May a lawyer who represents a client in a contingent fee personal injury case enter into an agreement with a lending company owned by non-lawyers under the terms of which the lending company would agree to reimburse the lawyer for litigation expenses in the case as incurred and the lawyer would agree to repay, in the event of a recovery in the lawsuit, the amounts advanced plus a funding fee equal to a fixed percentage of any amount recovered in the case but subject to an agreed maximum?

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  • Opinion 575

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 575
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: November 2006

    May a lawyer electronically record a telephone conversation between the lawyer and a client or third party without first informing the other party to the call that the conversation is being recorded?

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  • Opinion 574

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 574
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: September 2006

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a former employee of a Texas regulatory agency to represent a client before the agency in a matter that originated during the lawyer’s employment but in which the lawyer did not participate personally and substantially?

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  • Opinion 573

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 573
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: July 2006

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, what requirements must be met in order for a Texas lawyer to participate in a privately sponsored internet service that obtains information over the internet from potential clients about their legal problems and forwards the information to lawyers who have paid to participate in the internet service?

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  • Opinion 572

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 572
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: June 2006

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer, without the express consent of a client, deliver material containing privileged information of the client to an independent contractor, such as a copy service, hired by the lawyer to perform services in connection with the lawyer's representation of the client?

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  • Opinion 571

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 571
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: May 2006

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a prosecutor require as part of a plea agreement that a criminal defendant waive post-conviction appeals based on prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel?          Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a criminal defendant's lawyer to advise the defendant regarding such an agreement, and if agreed to by the defendant, to sign the plea agreement along with the defendant?

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  • Opinion 570

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 570
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2006

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer refuse a former client's request to disclose or turn over the lawyer's notes made in the course of and in furtherance of his representation of the client?

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  • Opinion 569

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 569
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: April 2006

    Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct permit a lawyer to provide legal representation to a client in a matter against a third party who was a customer of a law-related business owned by the lawyer?

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