Baylor Law Confers LL.M. Degrees of Its Second Graduating Class

February 22, 2021

Baylor Law Confers LL.M. Degrees on Its Second Graduating Class

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On February 8, 2021, Baylor Law awarded LL.M. degrees to the second graduating class of its Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management. This graduating cohort was composed of 15 legal professionals who serve as senior partners, trial consultants, general counsel and litigation leaders from prestigious companies and law firms around the country.

"This graduating cohort not only successfully completed the rigorous demands of the LL.M. but did so during a global pandemic. We applaud their extraordinary effort and are honored to call these hardworking individuals Baylor Lawyers,” commented Co-Director of Baylor Law’s LL.M., Professor Liz Fraley. Fraley also stated, “These graduates doubtless will take the skills and tools they learned in the program and manage their litigation dockets more efficiently and effectively. In addition to cost savings, their skilled handling of litigation management provides better access to justice for their firms and clients.”

The members of the 2021 Spring Graduating Cohort are:

  • Bobby Barina, Bobby Dale Barina, Attorney at Law
  • Kristin Cataldo, Attorney & Entrepreneur, Dauntless Discovery
  • Matt Cowherd, Associate Attorney, Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Allison Evans, Associate Attorney, Eclat Law LLP
  • Scott Gibson, Partner, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner
  • Emily Knott, Deere & Co.
  • Katie Mayo, Regional Counsel, Thales
  • Phillip Miller, Principal, Phillip Miller Trial Consulting
  • James Peacock, Vice President - Assistant General Counsel, Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Brandi Percy, Litigation Supervisor, Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co
  • Sean Smyth, Litigation Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  • Stephanie Spivey, Senior Associate Counsel, Walmart
  • Lisa Street, Attorney, Salim-Beasley, LLC
  • Bailey Strohmeyer, LL.M. Associate, Baylor Law
  • Michael White, Attorney, Law Offices of Michael F. White, P.C.

Launched in 2018, the Executive LL.M. in litigation is the first LL.M. in the country to focus on teaching innovative and systematic approaches to lower and control litigation costs while honing the disciplines and skill sets crucial to modern litigation strategy, technology, and management. The flexible nature of Baylor Law’s LL.M. offers practicing lawyers the chance to learn firsthand from the nation’s foremost authorities— renowned litigation management experts drawn from corporate litigation, top law firms and the federal judiciary while continuing to work full time.

Baylor Law is now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 cohort. Visit for additional information.

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Established in 1857, Baylor Law 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 7,500 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. Baylor Law 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 one of the top 5 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #50 in the magazine’s 2019 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. Learn more at

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