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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”



Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    38 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Rodger. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeremy Neil Goldman

    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.


    Jeremy Goldman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Law Office of Rodger M. Carey

2424 SE Bristol St. Suite 300
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer of the YearOrange County Trial Lawyers Association1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Homicide and Three Strikes PanelOffice of Alternate Defense, County of Orange2005 - Present
Criminal Defense AttorneyLaw Offices of Rodger M Carey1991 - Present
Judge Pro TemOrange County Juvenile Court1998 - 2005
PresidentOrange County Bar Foundation1996 - 1996
Board of DirectorsOrange County Bar Foundation1993 - 1996
Short Stop Program InstructorOrange County Bar Foundation1993 - 1995
AttorneyLaw Offices of Shulman & MacMillan, Criminal Defense1988 - 1991
Criminal Defense AttorneyLaw Offices of Stewart & Barnett1983 - 1988
Judge Pro TemOrange County Superior Court1981 - 2007
Judge Pro TemOrange County Central Justice Center1981 - 2007
Judge Pro TemWest Justice Center1981 - 2007
Judge Pro TemNorth Justice Center1981 - 2007
Judge Pro TemHarbor Justice Center1981 - 2007
Criminal Defense AttorneyJuvenile Defenders Office1981 - 1983
Criminal Defense AttorneyLaw Offices of Brower & Carey1980 - 1983
Criminal Defense AttorneyLaw Offices Of Ronald G. Brower1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMaster Lawyers DivisionN/A
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - IrvineN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Western State University College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Orange County College of Trial AdvocacyTrial TacticsN/A
Brian Rooney CBS News ProgramShort Stop Juvenile Diversion ProgramN/A