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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 543

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 543
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: April 2002

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer enter into an agreement as described below with a healthcare provider, for which the lawyer is its in-house counsel, to refer patients with personal injury claims to that lawyer?

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  • Opinion 542

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 542
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: February 2002

    May a lawyer enter into a fee arrangement with a liability insurer under which the lawyer will be paid fixed fees for the defense of the insured?

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  • Opinion 541

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 541
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: February 2002

    May a municipal court judge represent a person accused of a crime where (1) the judge/lawyer has not acted in the matter in his position as judge, and (2) where the police in that city are or may be potential witnesses in the trial of that case?

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  • Opinion 540

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 540
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: February 2002

    Is it a violation of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer who is a county judge to represent private clients in the justice of the peace, statutory county courts, and district courts of the county in which he serves as county judge?

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  • Opinion 539

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 539
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: April 2002

    In what circumstances may a lawyer represent defendants in criminal cases in the county in which the lawyer's spouse is an assistant district attorney?

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  • Opinion 538

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 538
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 538, V. 64 Tex. B.J. 8 (2001)
    Date: June 2001

    Is a lawyer, who is the newly elected district attorney, prohibited from prosecuting a motion seeking to revoke the probation of a former client in a case where the lawyer served as defense counsel for the former client in the original proceeding? Is a lawyer, who is the newly elected district attorney, prohibited from prosecuting a former client in a new criminal proceeding?       If not so prohibited, is the lawyer, as the newly elected district attorney, prohibited from offering in evidence a prior conviction in which the lawyer was defense counsel in the prior proceeding for purposes of: 1.        impeachment of the former client under TEX. R. EVID. 609, or 2.        showing character of the former client under TEX. R. EVID. 404(b) or, 3.        punishment evidence under TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. Art. 37.07 § 3(a)?

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  • Opinion 537

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 537
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 537, V. 64 Tex. B.J. 7 (2001)
    Date: May 2001

    Under what circumstances may the general counsel of a trade association recommend a lawyer to members of the association to represent them in a joint action against a common supplier, inform other members of their common complaint, and recommend their participation in such joint action?

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  • Opinion 536

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 536
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 536, V. 64 Tex. B.J. 7 (2001)
    Date: May 2001

    May a lawyer receive referral or solicitation fees from an investment adviser for referring a client to the investment adviser?

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  • Opinion 535

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 535
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 535, V. 64 Tex. B.J. 1 (2001)
    Date: September 2000

    Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct (the “Rules”) may a lawyer volunteer to participate in a court-sponsored “attorney of the day” program for criminal defendants as described below?

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  • Opinion 534

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 534
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 534, V. 63 Tex. B.J. 8 (2000)
    Date: September 2000

    Does an attorney who represents a non-employee spouse in a divorce proceeding violate the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules) if the attorney prepares a materially defective Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) and does not correct the defects after being informed of the defects by an attorney reviewing the proposed QDRO for the employer concerned? If such conduct by the divorce attorney constitutes a violation of the Rules, is the employer’s attorney who notifies the divorce attorney of the defects in the proposed QDRO required to report such a violation to the appropriate disciplinary authority?

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