Brett Ordiway’s practice is devoted solely to representing the wrongfully convicted and sentenced. One of just 129 Texas attorneys board certified in criminal-appellate law, Brett has represented countless individuals in direct appeals and applications for writs of habeas corpus in the state and federal courts, winning relief for, among other clients, a man convicted of murder serving a 70-year prison sentence.
From the beginning, Brett has focused his practice on post-conviction criminal work. Even before graduating from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Brett worked in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office’s appellate division, learning how the state responds to direct appeals and applications for writs of habeas corpus. After graduating, Brett served two terms as the law clerk for Judge Paul Womack of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas’s highest criminal appellate court. There, Brett learned how courts evaluate direct appeals and applications for writs of habeas corpus.
A Dallas native, Brett joined Udashen Anton in 2013. In addition to earning his board certification in criminal-appellate law in 2019, Brett has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star and top-rated appellate attorney. In 2022, Brett was appointed to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization’s Criminal Appellate Law Exam Commission, the committee that drafts the certification exam.