John Wesley Raley
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John Raley obtained a B.A. in Letters (History, Literature and Philosophy) summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, played Offensive Guard on the O.U. Varsity football team, and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. While earning his J.D. at Oklahoma University Law Center, he served as the Note Editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, was a member of the National Mock Trial Team, won the Best Speaker Award at the school-wide Moot Court Competition, and was inducted into The Order of Barristers. He was awarded a Rotary Fellowship, and obtained an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Prior to founding Raley & Bowick, John was a litigation partner at Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. and the managing partner of the Houston office of Cooper & Scully, P.C.
In John’s first appellate argument, he won a unanimous reversal before the Texas Supreme Court, sitting en banc, in the case that set the statute of limitations for all general torts in Texas. He has been first chair trial counsel in over 40 jury trials in complex matters (including seven where damages of over $50 million were sought). His tenacity and skill are internationally recognized, and he has been featured in or interviewed by CNN, The Texas Tribune, Texas Monthly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Katie Couric, and 60 Minutes.
John is rated A-V Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble, and is a fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has represented several celebrity clients, including Maya Angelo, Brian Bosworth, Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, Hilary Duff, and Lara Logan. In 2013, Texas Lawyer magazine named John one of the top five “Impact Players” of Texas, and the University of Texas Law School awarded him their annual “Texas Jurist Award.”
John was given a 2013 Presidential Citation by the Texas State Bar in recognition of his seven year pro bono fight in state and federal courts for DNA testing in order to exonerate Michael Morton, an innocent man who served 25 years in prison. The resultant landmark Michael Morton Act requires prosecutors to provide defense counsel free access to investigation information.
John was named 2013 “Houstonian of the Year” by the Houston Chronicle. In 2014, the Brazos County Bar gave him their annual “Atticus Finch Award.” John received the 2015 Houston Bar Association President’s Award for Pro Bono Service. In 2017, John was named the recipient of HCDLA’s annual “Clarence Darrow Award.” He volunteers generously with local community theatres and Chapelwood United Methodist Church.
Practice includes commercial and intellectual property litigation, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, general tort defense, products liability and construction litigation.
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
Managing Partner, Houston office of Cooper & Scully, P.C. (2001-2009)
Senior Partner, Raley & Bowick, L.L.P. (2010)
Pro Bono College of Law, State Bar of Texas
Texas Monthly – Texas Super Lawyer
H Texas Magazine – Houston’s Top Lawyers
Law & Politics – Super Lawyer: Civil Litigation
AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who in American Law
Outstanding Lawyers of America
Houston, Texas and American Bar Associations
Texas Bar Foundation
Frequent CLE speaker regarding Civil Litigation
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 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
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
Played in O.U. Varsity-Alumni Football Games (1993, 1994)
Houston Bar Foundation “Night Court”
(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
Board of Directors (1998-2016)
Houston Police Department Bagpipe Band
University of Aberdeen Development Trust (USA), Inc.
Board of Directors
Chapelwood United Methodist Church Board of Stewards
Eagle Scout; Boy Scout Troup 641 Committee Member