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 550

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 550
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: May 2004

    May a lawyer use, in connection with his or her name, the titles “Doctor,” “Dr.,” “Doctor of Jurisprudence,” or “J.D.” in social and professional communications?

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  • Opinion 549

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 549
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: August 2003

    May a lawyer representing a workers’ compensation claimant in a third-party action collect a contingent fee from the client based on the gross recovery, part of which is required to be paid to the workers’ compensation carrier?

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  • Opinion 548

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 548
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: January 2003

    May a law firm allow a non-profit entity to display the law firm’s name as a sponsor of the entity on the entity’s internet web site?

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  • Opinion 547

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 547
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: January 2003

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a law firm to enter into an arrangement with a group of medical professionals pursuant to which the group would fund the law firm’s television advertising with the expectation but not the obligation) that the law firm would refer clients to the medical group?

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  • Opinion 546

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 546
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: December 2002

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer and an associate employed by the lawyer to enter into an employment agreement providing for the continued representation of, and a division of fees collected from, a contingent fee client following the termination of the associate’s employment?

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  • Opinion 545

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 545
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STSTE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: October 2002

    Is it a violation of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer to enter into a fee arrangement with a governmental taxing unit to collect its delinquent taxes where, under the arrangement, a portion or all of the statutory penalties designated for legal fees may be kept by the taxing unit rather than paid to the lawyer if certain collection goals are not met?

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  • Opinion 544

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 544
    Cite: THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS
    Date: April 2002

    May a lawyer who serves as a member of a city council participate in discussions and vote as a member of the city council on a matter involving a client of the lawyer’s former law firm where the lawyer had performed no work on the matter for such client and had received no confidential information relating to such client while the lawyer was employed by the former law firm?

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  • 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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