J. Caleb RackleyLegal Writing Instructor
- J.D., cum laude, St. Mary's University School of Law, 2006
- M.A., Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, 2011
- B.S., Texas A&M University, 1998
Specialties and Courses
- Legal writing
- Business law
- Real estate law
- Construction law
- Probate law
Honors and Awards
- Listed as “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine, 2013–2016
- President, Defense Counsel of San Antonio, 2011–2012
- Listed as “Rising Star” in SA Scene Magazine, 2009
- John M. Harlan Honor Society, 2006
- Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, 2006
- Editor in Chief, St. Mary’s Law Journal, 2005–2006
- Superintendent’s Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership, North East ISD, 2003
License to Practice
BiographyAfter law school, Rackley clerked for the Hon. Paul W. Green on the Supreme Court of Texas, then practiced as a litigator at a major corporate law firm, and, ultimately, founded his own boutique law firm. Prior to joining St. Mary’s, he taught undergraduate legal studies at University of the Incarnate Word and undergraduate and graduate business law at Schreiner University.
During his practice, Rackley represented clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and individuals, in a wide variety of complex business litigation and construction law matters, and also practiced in the areas of estate planning and probate. In addition to successfully trying cases before juries, judges, and arbitrators, he has a wide variety of pretrial experience, including motion practice, conducting discovery, taking depositions, and negotiating settlements.
He was named a “Rising Star” in Texas legal circles, has been highlighted for his work in various publications including Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly magazines, and has authored numerous articles in newspapers, law journals and magazines.
Rackley has also dedicated much of his time to being involved in the community. In addition to taking on a number of pro bono matters and serving as an attorney with the Community Justice Program, he is a past-president of the Defense Counsel of San Antonio, served on the board of directors for the Construction Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association, and was appointed a panel member on the Attorney Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas. Outside of the law, he has served on the board of directors for GOLD Youth Leadership and the Helotes Economic Development Corporation.
In his spare time he enjoys traveling, helping his family operate a thriving grass-fed and organic cattle operation, boating, water skiing, and biking the “Scenic Loop” of the Texas Hill Country. But his favorite times are spent at home with his family.
Articles in a Periodical
“West & West: A Remarkable History and Tradition in San Antonio Law” (Mar/Apr 2012), at 8.
“Antitrust & Consumer Protection,” 62 SMU L. Rev. 855 (2009) (Co-Author).
“Judge Larry Noll: Like Father, Like Son,” San Antonio Lawyer (Jan/Feb 2009), at 6.
“Prerequisite to Legal Action Often Mandated in Home Construction Claims,” San Antonio Business Journal, Apr. 25, 2008, at A12.
“A Survey of Sea-Change on the Supreme Court of Texas and its Turbulent Toll on Texas Tort Law,” 48 S. Tex. L. Rev. 733 (2007).
“Legal Ethics in Capital Cases: Assessing the Ethical Implications of the Death Row Volunteer,” 36 St. Mary’s L.J. 1119 (2005).
“The Number One Key to Avoiding Expensive Business Litigation,” Alamo Ranch/151 Business Association Luncheon, February 25, 2016.
“Amazing Opportunities and Legal Pitfalls for Facebook Christians,” South Texas Association of the United Church of Christ, July 16, 2012, New Braunfels, Texas.
“Ethical Leadership or Legal Peril,” GOLD Youth Leadership Program, June 9, 2011, San Antonio, Texas.
“Social Media and the Law in the Educational Setting,” Judson ISD, August 16, 2010, San Antonio, Texas.