For more than 35 years, Rodger M. Carey has practiced exclusively in the area of criminal defense. He has represented thousands of clients since 1978 and has tried more than 200 cases involving charges ranging from Driving Under the Influence to First Degree Murder. He is one of the most well respected criminal defense attorneys in Orange County. He has represented clients all over Southern California, from Santa Barbara County to San Diego County.
Mr. Carey is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served as an intelligence analyst at the National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, Maryland. He graduated from U.C. Irvine in 1975 and the Western State College of Law in 1978.
From 1978 to 1991 he was an associate at three of the top criminal defense firms in Orange. County. In 1991, he began his own criminal defense practice and presently has his office in Tustin, California.
Mr. Carey has been a Judge Pro Tempore in every court in Orange County, including Superior Court and Juvenile Court. He is a past president of the Orange County Bar Foundation and in 1997 was named the Orange County Trial Lawyer’s Association Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year. He has been an instructor for the Orange County Trial College and has taught numerous classes in trial strategy and tactics. He is currently an elder on Session at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana.
Mr Carey firmly believes in treating his clients with respect and in answering all questions candidly and thoroughly. He believes that his clients cannot make decisions about their cases without being fully informed.
Rodger M. Carey’s Martindale Hubbell lawyer rating is “A/V Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0”
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Rodger Carey is one of the finest criminal defense lawyers in Orange County. I have known Rodger for my entire career and have seen how effective he is while representing his clients. If I were charged with a crime I would not hesitate to hire Rodger to be my lawyer.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year||Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||1997|
|Homicide and Three Strikes Panel||Office of Alternate Defense, County of Orange||2005 - Present|
|Criminal Defense Attorney||Law Offices of Rodger M Carey||1991 - Present|
|Judge Pro Tem||Orange County Juvenile Court||1998 - 2005|
|President||Orange County Bar Foundation||1996 - 1996|
|Board of Directors||Orange County Bar Foundation||1993 - 1996|
|Short Stop Program Instructor||Orange County Bar Foundation||1993 - 1995|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Shulman & MacMillan, Criminal Defense||1988 - 1991|
|Criminal Defense Attorney||Law Offices of Stewart & Barnett||1983 - 1988|
|Judge Pro Tem||Orange County Superior Court||1981 - 2007|
|Judge Pro Tem||Orange County Central Justice Center||1981 - 2007|
|Judge Pro Tem||West Justice Center||1981 - 2007|
|Judge Pro Tem||North Justice Center||1981 - 2007|
|Judge Pro Tem||Harbor Justice Center||1981 - 2007|
|Criminal Defense Attorney||Juvenile Defenders Office||1981 - 1983|
|Criminal Defense Attorney||Law Offices of Brower & Carey||1980 - 1983|
|Criminal Defense Attorney||Law Offices Of Ronald G. Brower||1978 - 1980|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association||Master Lawyers Division||N/A|
|Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||N/A||N/A|
|University of California - Irvine||N/A||Other - Bachelors||N/A|
|Western State University College of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Orange County College of Trial Advocacy||Trial Tactics||N/A|
|Brian Rooney CBS News Program||Short Stop Juvenile Diversion Program||N/A|