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 508

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 508
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 508, V. 58 Tex. B.J. 863 (1995)
    Date: October 1994

    May a law firm lease its employees, including lawyers who are members of the firm, from an employee leasing company that also provides services to and leases employees, including lawyers, to other law firms?

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  • Opinion 507

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 507
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 507, V. 58 Tex. B.J. 863 (1995)
    Date: October 1994

    Is it a violation of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct if an attorney causes to be published in a newspaper of general circulation an advertisement targeted for potential clients who have a specific legal problem.        Is it a violation of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct if an attorney sends an unsolicited letter to a lay person not a prospective client but who is in a unique position to refer targeted clients to the attorney in exchange for business referrals from the attorney.

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  • Opinion 506

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 506
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 506, V. 58 Tex. B.J. 720 (1995)
    Date: September 1994

    Does an attorney violate Rule 1.05, Confidentiality of Information, of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct by providing the documentary evidence requested by the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission regarding legal services performed on behalf of his clients?

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  • Opinion 505

    Canon: [PEC No. 93 6]
    Opinion #: 505
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 505, V. 58 Tex. B.J. 719 (1995)
    Date: August 1994

    1.   Would a violation of Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct occur if a law firm agreed, as part of the settlement of a lawsuit, not to solicit third parties in the future to prosecute claims against the opposing party? 2.   Would a violation of Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct occur if a law firm agreed, as part of the settlement of a lawsuit, not to share fees with anyone in the future with respect to lawsuits or claims brought against the opposing party?

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  • Opinion 504

    Canon: [PEC Matter No. 93 5]
    Opinion #: 504
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 504, V. 58 Tex. B.J. 718 (1995)
    Date: August 1994

    Does a lawyer's duty of candor to a tribunal under Texas Disciplinary Rule 3.03 require defense counsel in a criminal case to correct mistaken or inaccurate statements made in court by a prosecutor about prior convictions of the defendant, if neither the defense lawyer nor the defendant makes any false statements to the court about such matters?

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  • Opinion 503

    Canon: (92 7)
    Opinion #: 503
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 503, V. 58 Tex. B.J. 632 (1995)
    Date: June 1994

    Whether the Texas affiliate of a national non-profit public interest law organization can require cooperating attorneys to share a portion or all of their fees collected in civil rights cases with the Texas affiliate?

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  • Opinion 502

    Canon: [PEC No. 92 6]
    Opinion #: 502
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 502, V. 58 Tex. B.J. 631 (1995)
    Date: April 1994

    Is it a violation of The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a panel attorney to remit a part of her legal fees to a lawyer referral service operated in compliance with Art. 320(d) Vernon's Ann.Rev.Civ.Stat. (Supp.1944) by a not-for-profit legal aid organization that is funded by public and private contribution?

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  • Opinion 501

    Canon: [PEC Matter No. 92 4]
    Opinion #: 501
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 501, V. 58 Tex. B.J. 492 (1995)
    Date: April 1994

    Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit a lawyer from representing a husband in a divorce action under circumstances where the wife previously consulted with the lawyer's former law partner concerning a divorce but did not actually hire the former partner?

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  • Opinion 500

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 500
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 500, V. 58 Tex. B.J. 380 (1995)
    Date: August 1994

    1.   May a lawyer ethically represent both a passenger and a driver in a personal injury case arising from an automobile collision with another vehicle? 2.   Is the answer to the preceding questions any different depending upon whether or not the lawyer (a) reasonably believes that, or (b) does not know if, the driver of the other vehicle will allege that the driver of the first vehicle was negligent and proximately caused the collision? 3.   May a lawyer ethically represent two persons who are injured in a single accident caused by a third person, if it becomes clear that the third person has a limited amount of funds to pay a possible judgment or settlement (e.g., insurance policy limits substantially less than the likely verdict range)? 4.   If representation is proper in any of the foregoing instances, what notices and disclosures should be provided to the client?

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  • Opinion 499

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 499
    Cite: Tex. Comm. on Professional Ethics, Op. 499, V. 58 Tex. B.J. 178 (1995)
    Date: February 1994

    Is it a violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility for an in-house lawyer for a government agency to knowingly misrepresent to an opposing attorney and an administrative law judge that a factual basis for jurisdiction of an administrative proceeding initiated by the agency does exist?

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