Congratulations to the Baylor Lawyers who Were Recognized in the 23rd Edition of 'Best Lawyers of America'

September 22, 2016

Congratulations to the Baylor Lawyers who Were Recognized in the 23rd Edition of 'Best Lawyers of America'

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Attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 142 practice areas. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.

Please note that the following list was derived from alumni who sent us their recognition as well as from Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers provided the names of those honorees for which they had current firm/employer contact information. We want to recognize ALL Baylor Lawyers who have been named a Best Lawyer. If you are not on this list and should be, please e-mail

Congratulations to our 2017 'Best Lawyers in America'

Krist Algert, JD '88
Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores, L.L.P.

Randall E. Betty, JD '73
Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller

Bryan O. Blevins Jr., JD, '90
Provost Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P.

Larry P. Boyd, JD '82
Fisher, Boyd, Johnson & Huguenard

Darren L. Brown, JD, '91
Provost Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P.

Thomas K. Brown, JD '86
The Brown Law Firm

Michael R. Buchanan, JD '81
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

Lori C. Carr, JD '93
Estes Thorne & Carr

Otway B. Denny, JD '73
Norton Rose Fulbright

Stephen C. Dillard, JD '71
Norton Rose Fulbright

David C. Duggins, JD '78
Duggins Wren Mann & Romero

Carmen Eiker, JD '78
Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P.

Craig B. Florence, JD '87

Sharla Frost, JD '87
Tucker Ellis, LLP

Kevin R. Fuller, JD '84
Fuller Mediations

William R. Greendyke, JD '79
Norton Rose Fulbright

David M. Gunn, JD '87
Beck Redden

Robert B. Hale, JD '92
Norton Rose Fulbright

David R. Iler, JD '85
Norton Rose Fulbright

Kevin D. Krist, JD '85
Law Office of Kevin D. Krist

Forrest W. Lewis, JD '74
Forrest W. Lewis

Marilea Lewis, JD, '78
Orsinger, Nelson, Downing, & Anderson, LLP

Matthew C. Matheny, JD, '03
Provost Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P.

Keith Nelson, JD, '83
Orsinger, Nelson, Downing, & Anderson, LLP

David Oliver, JD '86

Carol C. Payne, JD '93
Estes Thorne & Carr

John D. Penn, JD '82
Perkins Coie

Elizabeth Pratt, JD '87
Elizabeth Pratt, PLLC

John W. Proctor, JD '83
Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell

William B. Roberts, JD '62
William B. Roberts

JoAl Cannon Sheridan, JD '92
Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores, L.L.P.

Joseph Sleeth, JD '75
Norton Rose Fulbright

Michael Steindorf, JD '80
Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.

Jerry L. Stovall, Jr., JD '89
Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.

David Toney, JD '96
Adams and Reese, LLP

Walter Umphrey, JD, '65
Provost Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P.

John Weber, JD '73
Norton Rose Fulbright

Craig H. Westbrook, JD '80
Overbey, Strigel, Boyd & Westbrook

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Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as #4 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #55 in the magazine's 2017 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984.

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