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Opinion 658

Question Presented

May a Texas lawyer bill clients for expenses paid to a third party in an amount that is greater than the amount that the third party charged the lawyer? May Texas lawyers charge for the expenses paid to a third-party vendor that is owned by a member of their law firm?

A Texas lawyer in a law firm owns a company that employs non-lawyer professionals to provide courtroom graphics to lawyers.  The lawyers in the law firm propose to bill their clients in amounts that are greater than the amounts that the company charges to their law firm.

Bluebook Citation

Tex. Comm. On Professional Ethics, Op. 658 (2016)