John Roddy Pace is an associate in McKool Smith's Dallas office. He focuses his practice on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation. Prior to joining the firm, John Roddy served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael H. Schneider and the Honorable K. Nicole Mitchell in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, where he contributed to the resolution of a variety of civil and criminal matters.
While attending law school, John Roddy was an active member of the Texas Tech University mock trial and moot court teams, participating in five national advocacy competitions. He received the distinction of Best Advocate in the 2014 National Pretrial Competition’s preliminary and semi-final rounds and also won an award for writing the Best Plaintiff’s Memorandum of Law before his mock trial team went on to win the national championship. During law school, John Roddy was a judicial extern for the Honorable Chief Judge Leonard Davis in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, comment editor of the Texas Tech Law Review, and president of the Texas Tech Intellectual Property Student Association. He also worked as a disclosure analyst in the Texas Tech University System Office of Technology Commercialization, where he drafted opinions on the patentability of technology disclosures based on his examination of existing prior art.
In 2015, John Roddy graduated second in his class at Texas Tech University School of Law, was inducted into the Texas Tech University chapter of the National Order of Barristers, and was elected to the Order of the Coif by his professors.
J.D., summa cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law, 2015
- Order of the Coif
- National Order of Barristers,
B.S., magna cum laude, Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012
- State of Texas
- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas