Cory Carlyle will bring intellectual diversity to the all-Republican thirteen-member Fifth Court of Appeals. The good people of North Texas deserve a bipartisan Court to hear their appeals, and can trust Cory Carlyle’s broad experience. His judicial philosophy is straightforward: take the facts and apply the law as written.

Cory Carlyle is committed to taking the next step in a career devoted to public service:

Appellate Prosecutor, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office

  • wrote 50 appellate briefs
  • litigated numerous writs of habeas corpus
  • worked on a team evaluating post-conviction cases for DNA testing

Trial prosecutor, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

  • numerous criminal cases and several criminal trials

Law Office of Cory L. Carlyle

  • has written 56 appellate briefs
  • practice before Texas’s Fifth District Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • criminal trial representation in Rockwall County
  • 90%+ clients are indigent court appointments

Cory Carlyle for the 5th District Court of Appeals


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About Cory

A native Texan, Cory Carlyle is a career public servant. He started his legal career in the Appellate Section of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. For two years, Cory prosecuted appeals in all manner of felonies for the State, from assault and robbery, to burglary and murder. He was also a member of a team evaluating past convictions for DNA testing, which was later renamed the Conviction Integrity Unit. In addition, Cory handled the State’s responses to writs of habeas corpus and provided extensive legal research support to trial prosecutors.

Though he never planned to leave the Great State, Cory met his now-wife, Misty, who lived and worked in Washington, DC. Figuring he’d be an idiot if he couldn’t find work as a lawyer in DC, and after more than a year of long-distance dating, Cory packed up and moved to the District of Columbia.

Following a stint working at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Cory was offered a chance to return to criminal work, prosecuting cases for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Jumping at the chance to resume his career in criminal litigation, Cory worked for a year in that office, and then opened shop for himself, representing indigent criminal defendants.

Since January 2010, Cory has owned and operated the Law Office of Cory L. Carlyle, representing primarily indigent criminal defendants at trial and on appeal. In 2016, after getting the go-ahead to leave DC, the Carlyles moved back home to Texas, and the law practice followed.

Today, the Law Office of Cory L. Carlyle represents indigent criminal defendants on appeal in Dallas and Rockwall counties, and represents indigent criminal defendants in trial in Rockwall County. He also represents veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and assists civil clients with litigation in trial and on appeal when the need arises.

Upon reflection of his longtime desire to serve as an appellate court judge, after consideration with his family, and dissatisfaction with an entirely Republican court of appeals that hears appeals from six counties, including two of the six largest, Dallas and Collin counties, Cory decided the time was right to run for a set on the Fifth Court of Appeals. It is high time for some intellectual diversity on a court that holds the fate of 3.91 million Texas in its hands. Vote Cory Carlyle for Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, Place 11.

Counties Within the Fifth District

Fifth District County Map

What Does the Appeals Court Do?

  • Hears appeals from criminal cases (from DWI to murder, pre- and post-trial appeals)
  • Hears appeals from civil cases (like breach of contract, personal injury, and business relationships)
  • Hears appeals from family cases (like divorce or custody)
  • Hears appeals from juvenile cases (typically, criminal cases)
  • Has original jurisdiction to issue writs of mandamus to enforce its jurisdiction