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 49

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 49
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 217 (1966)
    Date: March 1952

    1.   Is it ethical for a city attorney to represent persons charged with crime in any court other than the corporation court? 2.   Is it ethical for a city attorney to represent persons charged with crime in courts other than the corporation court where policeman of the city will testify as state's witnesses?

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  • Opinion 48

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 48
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 217 (1966)
    Date: February 1952

    Should a county attorney, in a county with a population of 20,000 to 100,000 who is paid a salary of $4,000.00 or more a year and is furnished with a full-time assistant and stenographer, under the Canons of Ethics, engage in the private practice of the law, and in his private capacity in civil matters, accept employment from clients who come to his office to discuss their "rights."

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  • Opinion 47

    Canon: 6, 19, 34. A.B.A. Judicial Canons 11, 20, 34.
    Opinion #: 47
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 215 (1966)
    Date: February 1952

    An independent executor of a will, in the capacity of plaintiff, brings a declaratory judgment proceeding seeking the interpretation of a will and asking for instructions as to dealing with the several heirs and legatees who have been named as defendants and the handling of the corpus of the estate. A substantial asset of the estate is a $350,000.00 note and instructions are sought as to whether or not this note should be sold at a discount. Some of the heirs and legatees have answered in the suit charging the executor and trustee with incompetence, negligence and mismanagement of the estate. Based upon the foregoing statement, the following questions are asked:

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  • Opinion 46

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 46
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 215 (1966)
    Date: February 1952

    Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for a lawyer to sign his name as surety for individuals indicted for felonies, either as lawyers representing their clients or just as friends?  

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  • Opinion 45

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 45
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 215 (1966)
    Date: February 1952

    Is it unethical for a county judge to represent clients and friends in justice and county courts in counties outside his own county?  

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  • Opinion 44

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 44
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 214 (1966)
    Date: February 1952

    Are two neon signs, placed on two sides of a corner downtown building occupied by a firm of lawyers and containing the names of the lawyers in letters approximately 2 ft. in height with the entire sign extending from 10 to 12 ft. along the side of the building, in violation of any Canon of Ethics?

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  • Opinion 43

    Canon: 6. A.B.A. Canon 6.
    Opinion #: 43
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 214 (1966)
    Date: July 1951

    Under a city ordinance where two vehicles have a collision, both drivers are prima facie guilty of negligence, and are arrested and charged with "Negligent Collision," in the event the parties have amicably settled their differences, would it be a violation of the Texas Canons of Ethics for the same attorney to represent both parties in the prosecution of the criminal charges which were filed?  

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  • Opinion 42

    Canon: 43
    Opinion #: 42
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 214 (1966)
    Date: June 1951

    A member of a firm of attorneys maintains an office in the same quarters with an abstract and title company. His name appears on the window, with the word "Attorney" beneath it, and he is listed in the telephone directory as having an office at the same address, and with the same telephone number, as the abstract and title company. His firm does all the work for the abstract and title company. Also, almost without exception, the legal papers required in connection with title policies are drawn by this firm of attorneys. The abstract and title company has never refused to permit a customer to have such papers prepared by the customer's own attorney, but has never voluntarily advised such customer that he might use his own attorney. Is the practice, as above set forth, in violation of the Texas Canon of Legal Ethics?  

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  • Opinion 41

    Canon: 24, 25, 27, 28, 32. A.B.A. Canons 27, 28, 35.
    Opinion #: 41
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 213 (1966)
    Date: June 1951

    Is the following course of procedure in violation of the Canons of Ethics of the State Bar of Texas? An attorney becomes regional counsel for the Legal Aid Department of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and is furnished with a form by, or on behalf of, an injured employee giving a complete history of his accident, the nature of his injuries, the medical treatment received, his present physical condition, his earnings, whether or not the claim agent has interviewed him, whether or not a release has been executed, whether or not a lawyer has been employed, and, if so, who, and similar data.  The regional attorney then writes such injured employee advising him that he has a good case, and should have no difficulty in recovering, but if he is unable to do so, not to hesitate to call upon such regional attorney for assistance. If a response is not received from the injured employee, then regional attorney reports that fact to the manager of the Legal Aid Department of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.  

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  • Opinion 40

    Canon: 24, 39. A.B.A. Canons 24, 43.
    Opinion #: 40
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 213 (1966)
    Date: June 1951

    Is the following advertisement, namely "Income Taxes Be Safe, have your report made by a lawyer. Specialist income tax laws. 2330 Dallas, Phone 7581" which is carried in the classified section of a newspaper, in violation of Canons of Ethics?  

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