Who makes the decisions about my case?

As a representative of clients, a lawyer performs various functions. As advisor, a lawyer provides a
client with an informed understanding of the client’s legal rights and obligations and explains their
practical implications. As advocate, a lawyer zealously asserts the client’s position under the rules of the
adversary system. As negotiator, a lawyer seeks a result advantageous to the client but consistent with
requirements of honest dealing with others. As intermediary between clients, a lawyer seeks to reconcile
their divergent interests as an advisor and, to a limited extent, as a spokesperson for each client. A lawyer
acts as evaluator by examining a client’s affairs and reporting about them to the client or to others.

TEXAS DISCIPLINARY RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT