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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 524

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 524
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics. Op. 524, V. 61 Tex. B.J. 460 (1998)
    Date: May 1998

    Does a lawyer violate the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules) by accepting a referral from a health-care provider, when the lawyer knows the referred individual was solicited by the health-care provider for purposes of providing health care.

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  • Opinion 523

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 523
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 523, V. 60 Tex. B.J. 971 (1997)
    Date: October 1997

    What obligations does an associate in a law firm have under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct when he discovers that another attorney in his law firm clearly gave negligent legal advice to a client for whom the associate has personally performed legal services? Is the associate obligated to inform the State Bar disciplinary authorities?

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  • Opinion 522

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 522
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics. Op 522, V. 60 Tex. B.J. 970 (1977)
    Date: October 1997

    What disclosures must a law firm make after learning that a partner who recently joined the law firm provided false information regarding his qualifications?

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  • Opinion 521

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 521
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 521, V. 60 Tex. B.J. 490 (1997)
    Date: October 1997

    Whether a Texas attorney violates the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct by mailing a written communication in the form of a letter accompanied by a videotape to a prospective client whose identity is discovered through a newspaper article?

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  • Opinion 520

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 520
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 520, V. 60 Tex. B.J. 490 (1997)
    Date: May 1997

    Does Rule 8.03 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct require a lawyer to report suspected misconduct by another lawyer, when the first lacks solid proof that the second lawyer engaged in the suspected conduct?

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  • Opinion 519

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 519
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 519, V. 60 Tex. B.J. 277 (1997)
    Date: March 1997

    When a law firm, which represents a foreign government, administers and partially funds a legal aid office established by the foreign government to provide legal services for its nationals residing in Texas, may the law firm or the legal aid office initiate contacts with these foreign nationals to encourage them to utilize the legal services of the law firm or the legal aid office? May the legal aid office handle a case that the law firm could not handle because of a conflict of interest?

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  • Opinion 518

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 518
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 518, V. 59 Tex. B.J. 795 (1996)
    Date: September 1996

    May an attorney enter into a contingency fee arrangement where the attorney is to be paid the greater of (a) the fee that would be charged for the same services on an hourly basis or (b) a percentage of the amount recovered for the client?

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  • Opinion 517

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 517
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 517, V. 59 Tex. B.J. 795 (1996)
    Date: September 1996

    Telephone records of an attorney for a governmental entity that is subject to the Texas Open Records Act, Vernon’s Tex. Codes Ann., Government Code ?552.001 et seq. are requested under the provisions of such act. Are the requested records “confidential information” subject to the limitations on disclosure of DR 1.05 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct?

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  • Opinion 516

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 516
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 516, V. 59 Tex. B.J. 647 (1996)
    Date: July 1996

    An attorney has a valid, active law license issued by a state or jurisdiction in the United States other than Texas, and such attorney is not licensed to practice law in Texas (the A out-of-state attorney @ ). The out-of-state attorney intends to represent clients in Texas solely on immigration and nationality law matters before the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and in federal courts. 1.   Do the following activities of the out-of-state attorney violate the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct? (a) Out-of-state attorney travels to Texas to appear and represent a client in Texas solely before the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service on an isolated matter; (b) Out-of state attorney establishes an office in Texas and represents clients in Texas solely on immigration and nationality law matters before the U.S.Immigration and Naturalization Service and in federal courts; and (c) Out-of-state attorney resides in Texas, becomes an employee of an attorney who is licensed in Texas, and in connection with such employment the out-of-state attorney represents clients in Texas solely on immigration and nationality law matters before the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and in federal courts. 2.   If the out-of-state attorney who holds himself or herself out to the public as practicing A solely federal law @ in Texas, but does in fact advise clients in Texas concerning legal matters other than in federal court proceeding or before the U.S.Immigration and Naturalization Service is the out-of-state attorney subject to discipline by the State Bar of Texas for violating the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct? 3.   Is an out-of-state attorney who represents clients in Texas solely on immigration and nationality law matters before the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and in federal court proceedings required to disclose in advertising the fact that the out-of-state attorney is not licensed to practice law in Texas and, in fact, is licensed as an attorney in a state or jurisdiction other than Texas? 4.   Does Texas law limit or prevent the out-of-state attorney, who practices law in Texas solely on immigration and nationality law matters before the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and in federal courts, from engaging in any the activities set forth in (a), (b), or (c) of question one?

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  • Opinion 515

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 515
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 515, V. 59 Tex. B.J. 646 (1996)
    Date: July 1996

    May a Texas attorney enter into an arrangement with a contract lawyer placement agency under which the agency will seek to place the attorney with law firms or corporate legal departments for work on short-term legal projects?

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