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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 563

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 563
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee For the State Bar of Texas
    Date: October 2005

    May a lawyer who leaves employment with a law firm solicit and accept employment on a contingent fee basis from a client of the law firm on a matter for which the lawyer had performed legal services while an employee of the law firm?

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  • Opinion 562

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 562
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: October 2005

    Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct permit a lawyer to participate in a federal government program that negotiates contracts with lawyers to provide legal services to federal agencies and then recommends or refers those lawyers to the federal agencies, where the program is not certified as a lawyer referral service under Texas law and the lawyer is required to pay to the program one percent of the legal fees earned through the program to be used for paying the costs of operating the program?

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  • Opinion 561

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 561
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: August 2005

    May a lawyer pay a fee to be listed on a privately sponsored internet site which obtains information over the internet from potential clients about their legal problems and forwards the information to one or more lawyers who have paid to be listed on the internet site?

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  • Opinion 560

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 560
    Cite: The Supreme Court of TexasProfessional Ethics Committee
    Date: August 2005

    May a law firm lease its lawyer and nonlawyer personnel from an unaffiliated employee leasing company that leases lawyers and nonlawyer personnel to other law firms?

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  • Opinion 559

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 559
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: July 2005

    May a lawyer who is appointed to represent a defendant in a criminal proceeding furnish to a court, in connection with obtaining payment for the lawyer's services, a detailed description of the lawyer's services, including the subject matter of records and documents obtained and reviewed, the subjects of legal research carried out, and the identity of persons contacted and interviewed?

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  • Opinion 558

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 558
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: May 2005

    May a lawyer borrow money for case expenses from an independent lending company and agree to pay the lender a percentage of the lawyer's contingency fee?

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  • Opinion 557

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 557
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas
    Date: May 2005

    May a lawyer continue to represent in a lawsuit a client who has expressed strong disagreement with the lawyer’s recommendation about the settlement value of the case to the point that the client has sought the advice of a malpractice lawyer?

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  • Opinion 556

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 556
    Cite: Texas Bar Journal July, 2005 Feature Ethic Opinion Issued by the Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: MAY 2005

    May a law firm provide client information to employees of a collection agency who act as borrowed employees of the law firm in assisting it in collection of past due receivables?

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  • Opinion 555

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 555
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: December 2004

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to enter into a business arrangement with a chiropractor where the lawyer owns a portion of the chiropractor's practice, the lawyer refers his clients to the chiropractor, and the lawyer receives a share of the profits of the chiropractor's practice, including a share of the profits attributable to the clients referred by the lawyer?

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  • Opinion 554

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 554
    Cite: The Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: August 2004

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer currently serving as a state Senator or state Representative to represent clients before a city, county, or state court located in the lawyer's legislative district?

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