O. Rey Rodriguez handles appeals in state and federal court and works with trial teams at all stages of litigation to optimize outcomes. He is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law.
Rey has briefed and argued numerous matters in both federal and state appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Texas, where he served as a judicial clerk following law school. He has extensive experience handling writs of mandamus, complex statute of limitations questions, as well as sovereign immunity issues. He also has experience defending against and seeking temporary restraining orders and injunctive relief. Rey has represented clients in appellate matters involving toxic tort, product liability, health care, antitrust, securities, and energy-related claims and myriad causes of action.
A focal point of Rey’s practice involves partnering with trial teams throughout the litigation process to best position cases for summary disposition, trial, and potential appeal. During the pretrial process, he consults on and contributes to strategies relating to key jurisdictional issues, discovery matters, and summary judgment motions. He also prepares jury charges and provides input relating to preservation of error and offers of proof, directed verdicts, modifications and reforms of judgment, motions for new trial, and mistrials. Rey also handles all aspects of post-trial proceedings, including motions for j.n.o.v. and, in bench proceedings, findings of fact and conclusions of law practice.
Rey is an author and frequent CLE lecturer. He has addressed subject matters ranging from preserving privilege in discovery to preserving error at trial and perfecting appeals. His civic involvement includes currently serving as Vice Chair of the Dallas Bar Foundation (the philanthropic arm of the Dallas Bar Association) and serving as Co-Chair of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Pro Bono Committee.
While in law school, Rey was a Judge Sarah T. Hughes Fellow (the Dallas Bar Foundation’s full-tuition law school scholarship for outstanding minority law students). He also was awarded the West Publishing Company Scholarly Achievement Award in 1991-92 and 1992-93. He served on the Board of Editors for the SMU Law Review Association and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Rey was the valedictorian for his law school class and earned the highest score on the July 1994 Texas Bar Examination.