Chief Technological Officer. We don't know about you, but at least to us, those three words carry no indication of a license to practice law. None whatsoever.
But, the Texas Bar ethics committee thinks it does. It's also banned titles like Chief Executive Officer, or really anything with the word "officer" in it, out of fear that it will confuse the townsfolk into mistaking them for practicing attorneys.
It's all part of the ban on nonlawyer ownership. And while the opinion is unlikely to affect most small firms (if you have a CTO, CFO, or CEO, you ain't that small), it seems like some BigLaw
officials important nonlawyer people are going to have to order some new business cards.
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