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Rosemarie Kanusky

Counsel

Rosemarie  Kanusky

San Antonio

T:+1 210 270 9362

Rosemarie Kanusky has been practicing law in Texas for over 20 years. She focuses her practice on appellate matters, trial support, and local elections. Rose has briefed and argued appellate cases in state and federal courts on a wide range of topics in many industries. Her trial support work includes researching legal issues and drafting corresponding motions and pleadings. Her trial experience includes validation lawsuits for bonds and other public securities subject to the Texas Expedited Declaratory Judgment Act. Rose also advises political subdivisions on the logistics and ethics of their elections, primarily bond measures and tax rate ratifications. In this regard, she works closely with county election officials and the Elections Division of the Texas Secretary of State.

Prior to joining the San Antonio office, Rose served as a staff attorney for the Fourth Court of Appeals assigned to Justice Paul W. Green, who is now a member of the Texas Supreme Court. Rose was also a briefing attorney for Justice Tom Rickhoff of the Fourth Court of Appeals, Justice Tim Taft of the First Court of Appeals, and Justice Lee Duggan of the First Court of Appeals. She was a judicial intern for the First Court of Appeals and the Honorable Sim Lake, U.S. District Court Judge. 

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  • Education

    1994 - J.D., cum laude, University of Houston Law Center
    1988 - B.A., summa cum laude, Our Lady of the Lake University

    Rose was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1994 and is also authorized to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

     

  • Representative experience
    • Helped coordinate over 50 elections
    • Successful prosecution of lawsuits and appeals validating public securities
    • Obtained reversal of $65.5 million judgment for breach of fiduciary duty
    • Successful defense of a summary judgment in favor of a product manufacturer
    • Obtained reversal of $62 million judgment based on premises liability
    • Successful defense of an order dismissing a medical malpractice claim
    • Obtained reversal of $5 million judgment for breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing
    • Successful defense of a summary judgment in favor of a physician in a malpractice claim
    • Obtained reversal of $8 million judgment based on premises liability
    • Mandamus: Successful prosecution and defense of original proceedings in appellate courts, including attorney-client and trade-secret/confidential privileges, discovery issues, trial consolidation, and arbitration
  • Admissions
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2018
    • San Antonio's Best Appellate Lawyers, S.A. Scene, Scene Publications, LLC, 2005, 2007, 2011
  • Publications
    • Co-author with O. Rey Rodriguez and Mark Emery, "Hall's Standards of Review in Texas," 42 St. Mary's L.J. 3, 2010
    • Speaker and author, "Nonjury Appeals," SBOT Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, September 2002
    • Co-author with W. Wendell Hall et al., "What's New in Standards of Review," U.T. 11th Annual Conference on State & Federal Appeals, May 2001
    • Member of the Seminar Planning Committee, speaker and author, "Appealing Non-Jury Cases," SBOT Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, September 2000
    • Member of the Seminar Planning Committee, speaker and author, "A Look Inside the Fourth Court of Appeals," Appellate Law in the New Millennium: Bridging Theoretical Foundation with Practical Application, March 1999
    • Member of the Seminar Planning Committee and co-author with Justice Sarah B. Duncan, "Proposed TRAP Amendments: Introduction to a Brave New World," Practice Before the Fourth & Thirteenth Courts of Appeals, May 1997
    • Member of the Seminar Planning Committee, speaker and author, "Briefing Clerks Do's and Don'ts," Practice Before the Fourth Court of Appeals, November 1995
    • "Pharmaceutical Harmonization: Standardizing Regulations Among the United States, the European Economic Community, and Japan," 16 Hous. J. Int'l L., 1994
  • Speaking engagements
    • "How KM Was Won," 28th Annual Educational Conference, International Legal Technology Association, Phoenix, August 2005
    • "E-Brief: Creating a Dynamic Digital Brief," Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Section, Dallas, September 2003
    • "Nonjury Appeals," Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, September 2002
    • "Appealing Non-Jury Cases," Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, September 2000
  • Memberships and activities
    • State Bar of Texas
      • Appellate Section
    • San Antonio Bar Association
      • Appellate Section

    Rose has held several offices in the Appellate Section of the San Antonio Bar and has served on several committees for the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas. In 1997, she served as recording secretary for the Local Rules Committee of the Fourth Court of Appeals.