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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.

  • Opinion 553

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 553
    Cite: Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: August 2004

    Is a lawyer prohibited from offering the testimony of an expert witness whose employer has entered into a contingent fee contract with the lawyer's client regarding the subject matter of the litigation?

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  • Opinion 552

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 552
    Cite: Professional Ethics Committee For The State Bar of Texas
    Date: August 2004

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for a lawyer, who has been retained by an insurance company to defend its insured, to (1) furnish to the insurance company's third-party auditor the lawyer's fee statements via electronic mail and (2) pay to the third-party auditor a percentage of the lawyer's fee for auditing such statements?

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  • Opinion 551

    Canon:
    Opinion #: 551
    Cite: The Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee
    Date: May 2004

    Is it permissible under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct to require a lawyer who was employed as a lawyer by a city to comply with a provision of the city’s Ethics Code that prohibits all former city employees from representing unrelated persons before the city for compensation for a period of two years after termination of employment with the city?

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  • 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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