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 19

    Canon: 24. A.B.A. Canon 27.
    Opinion #: 19
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 202 (1966)
    Date: November 1949

    Whether the proposal contained in the following letter violates one or more of the Canons of Ethics of the State Bar of Texas, to-wit: "My experience in the automobile industry legal field in which I have specialized for the past 13 years has proven a great need for getting other attorneys in other localities better acquainted with this type of legal work. In the average city throughout Texas so few of these type cases arise locally that it gives a local attorney little or no chance to learn the 'ins' and 'outs' of this type legal business. This same letter is going to each member of the Texas Used Car Dealers Association, Texas Association of Automobile Finance Companies and various local banks soliciting from each the information referred to on the inclosed questionnaire. It is my plan that after I have received back this information, I will pick several attorneys in each locality to personally interview and from them pick one or more to become a member of what shall be termed 'Texas Secured Commercial Financing Legal Society.' The attorneys chosen will not pay any fees or other monetary considerations and cannot join except by invitation. Each attorney so chosen will receive up-to-date information on the legal aspects of the automobile and financing business. If you should be involved in a lawsuit in some other city, you could call the attorney member in your city and deal directly with him as he would have the attorney member in the other city handle the case for you. There would be only the one fee which in most cases would be routine set fee, which you would pay the local attorney as he would pay the attorney representing you in the other city. The incentive for an attorney to want to be in the society would be the automatic possibility of receiving a great deal of referral matters from other attorneys throughout the state. Naturally this would not affect your relationship with your own local attorney even if he were not the local member of the society since he could himself and would, I believe, in most instances, want to work with attorneys specializing in this type of work in the other city where you may be legally involved. I would therefore greatly appreciate your answering the inclosed questionnaire and return in the enclosed self-addressed and stamped envelope."

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  • Opinion 18

    Canon: 6, 19
    Opinion #: 18
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 201 (1966)
    Date: May 1949

    1.   Is an attorney who is retained by an employer having workmen's compensation insurance ethically precluded, upon being questioned by the claimant from advising the claimant to prosecute his claim in the courts by an appeal from the award of the Industrial Accident Board where the claimant is dissatisfied with the views and statement of the insurance company's representatives? 2.   May the attorney so retained by the firm identify by name an attorney about whom the injured party has inquired by asking the retained attorney, "What is the name of that good compensation lawyer in the City of ________?"

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  • Opinion 17

    Canon: 9
    Opinion #: 17
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 200 (1966)
    Date: December 1948

    Whether the first sentence of Canon 9 reading, "A member should not in any way communicate upon the subject of controversy with the party represented by counsel" refers only to a communication by counsel with a design to negotiate a compromise.

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  • Opinion 16

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 16
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 200 (1966)
    Date: December 1948

    Can a justice of the peace, who is a lawyer, practice criminal law in superior courts, or in any county outside his own county?

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  • Opinion 15

    Canon: 42
    Opinion #: 15
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 200 (1966)
    Date: December 1948

    Is it proper in an announcement of the association of two or more lawyers to state in the announcement "Practice restricted solely to matters concerning oil and gas - real property - corporations - estates?"

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  • Opinion 14

    Canon: 24, 39
    Opinion #: 14
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 200 (1966)
    Date: April 1948

    Whether a lawyer who has been holding public office, in a newspaper announcement that he will not be a candidate for re-election, and which is also a factual report of his services as such public officer, should include therein any language which amounts to extolling his professional attainments or ability, or emphasizes his special familiarity with any phase of the practice of law, or is susceptible of being understood as a solicitation of business.

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  • Opinion 13

    Opinion #: 13
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 199 (1966)
    Date: June 1948

    To what extent do the Canons of Ethics and Statutes limit the practice of a member of the State Bar who is also a county judge?  

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  • Opinion 12

    Canon: 37. A.B.A. Canon 40.
    Opinion #: 12
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 198 (1966)
    Date: Spring 1948

    Whether or not a lawyer's writing a feature weekly letter upon common place law matters in which the public generally is interested for the newspapers to carry and pay a compensation to the lawyer, would be unethical. In other words, would such be considered a solicitation of business or improper advertising or, on the contrary, would it be treated as the writing and selling of such service as in the nature of the writing and selling of law books?

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  • Opinion 11

    Canon: 39
    Opinion #: 11
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 198 (1966)
    Date: February 1948

    Whether it is proper for a member of the State Bar who is a state senator or state representative to so state on his professional card.

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  • Opinion 10

    Canon: 42
    Opinion #: 10
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 198 (1966)
    Date: December 1947

    Whether the following proposed ad in the Texas Bar Journal violates one or more of the Canons of Ethics, to-wit: "TO MEMBERS OF THE BAR ONLY I offer a statewide specialized service in briefing and arguing civil cases on appeal in state and federal courts. Work sole or in collaboration. NAME AND ADDRESS OF ATTORNEY"

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