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John Raley is a trial lawyer with 30 years of experience. He has tried cases in a wide variety of areas, including intellectual property, legal malpractice, products liability, hospital and physician malpractice, pharmaceutical claims, chemical exposure, industrial accidents, railroad accidents, securities and common law fraud, wrongful termination, malicious prosecution, and general commercial litigation. He has over 30 victorious first chair verdicts, and has handled over 150 mediations as lead counsel.John has defended many cases involving multi-million dollar claims, and, as plaintiff’s counsel, obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. He has argued many times before Texas courts of appeal, and took the lead presenting a landmark case before the Texas Supreme Court.

  John obtained his B.A., with highest honors, from the University of Oklahoma, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and played varsity football. He obtained his J.D. at Oklahoma University, where he served as Note Editor of the Law Review and received The Order of Barristers Award. He attended the University of Aberdeen, Scotland on a Rotary Fellowship and obtained an L.L.M. in International Law.

  John is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell. John has been named in Texas Monthly’s Texas Super Lawyers magazine every year since its inception in 2003. During that time, he has also been listed in "Who's Who in American Law" and in "Outstanding Lawyers of America." He was named a Law & Politics magazine "Super Lawyer" in Civil Litigation and recognized by H Texas Magazine as one of "Houston's Top Lawyers." John has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates.

  John's clients range from Fortune 500 companies to individuals. He is a frequent lecturer on civil litigation.


BOARD CERTIFICATION :                                               Board Certified – Personal Injury Trial Law
                                                                                       Texas Board of Legal Specialization


PRACTICE AREAS :                                                         Civil trials in state and federal courts:
                                                                                       Practice includes commercial and intellectual property

                                                                                       litigation, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, general tort

                                                                                       defense, products liability and construction litigation. 

EDUCATION :                                                                  The University of Aberdeen, Scotland
                                                                                             Rotary Fellow 
                                                                                       Degree: LL.M., International Law,1988

                                                                                       Oklahoma University Law Center, Norman, Oklahoma
                                                                                             Juris Doctorate, May 1984

                                                                                       The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
                                                                                             Bachelor of Arts in Letters, summa cum laude, 1981


LAW FIRM AFFILIATION :                                               Litigation Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.
                                                                                       Managing Partner, Houston office of Cooper & Scully, P.C.

                                                                                       Senior Partner, Raley & Bowick, L.L.P. (2010)


PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND :                                       American Board of Trial Advocates (2009)
MEMBERSHIPS                                                                 Pro Bono College of Law, State Bar of Texas (2009)
                                                                                       Texas Monthly - Texas Super Lawyer (2003- present)
                                                                                       H Texas Magazine – Houston’s Top Lawyers (2008)
                                                                                       Law & Politics – Super Lawyer:  Civil Litigation (2008)
                                                                                       AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
                                                                                       Who’s Who in America (2001 - present)
                                                                                       Who’s Who in American Law (2003 - present)
                                                                                       Outstanding Lawyers of America (2003 - present)
                                                                                       Houston, Texas and American Bar Associations
                                                                                       Texas Bar Foundation
                                                                                       Frequent CLE speaker regarding Civil Litigation


BAR ADMISSIONS :                                                          State of Texas 
                                                                                       United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern and
                                                                                          Western Districts of Texas
                                                                                       United States District Court for the District of Colorado
                                                                                       United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
                                                                                       United States Supreme Court


LAW SCHOOL HONORS AND  ACTIVITIES :                    Note Editor, Oklahoma Law Review
                                                                                       Law Day Moot Court Competition: Best Speaker Award
                                                                                       National Mock Trial Team
                                                                                       The Order of Barristers
                                                                                       Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
                                                                                       Outstanding Young Men in America


UNDERGRADUATE HONORS AND :                                  Phi Beta Kappa

ACTIVITIES                                                                     O.U. Varsity Football Team, Offensive Guard
                                                                                       Top Ten Freshman
                                                                                       President’s Leadership Class Scholarship
                                                                                       Omicron Delta Kappa
                                                                                       Pe-et (Top Ten Seniors) Vice President
                                                                                       Rhodes Scholarship - O.U.’s Nominee and Regional Finalist


 CIVIC ACTIVITIES :                                                        University of Oklahoma Varsity “O” Club
                                                                                             Played in O.U. Varsity-Alumni Football Games (1993, 1994) 
                                                                                       Houston Bar Foundation “Night Court” (1994 - present)
                                                                                             (All-lawyer performances for the benefit of charity)
                                                                                       Football and Baseball coach, SBMSA
                                                                                       Houston Shakespeare Festival
                                                                                             “The Trial of Hamlet”- trial counsel (1995)
                                                                                             “De Vere v. Shakespeare” - trial counsel (2004)
                                                                                       Houston Public Television
                                                                                             On-air spokesman (1996 - present)
                                                                                             Board of Directors (2000 - present)
                                                                                       Houston Police Department Bagpipe Band (2000-2004)
                                                                                       University of Aberdeen Development Trust (USA), Inc.
                                                                                             Board of Directors (2006 - present)
                                                                                       Chapelwood United Methodist Church Board of Stewards
                                                                                             (2006 - present)
                                                                                       Eagle Scout; Boy Scout Troup 641 Committee Member