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Program Speakers

The second annual Legal Mapmaker™ program will be held at the Sheraton hotel next to Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, TX on August 16-18th. We are excited to share with you this dynamic and engaging lineup of speakers. If you have not already submitted your RSVP, make sure to save your spot by clicking this link and submitting your RSVP today.

Mike Bourland

Mr. Bourland is the founding shareholder of Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, PC. He represents individuals, closely held and family businesses, professional practices and nonprofit entities including charitable organizations.

Karen Burgess

Ms. Burgess is a founder of Richardson & Burgess LLP. She handles complex business cases, including trade secret, securities, fiduciary, contract, partnership, insurance, employment, construction, real estate and oil and gas litigation.

Rodney Chamness II

Mr. Chamness practices at Pakis, Giotes, Page, & Burleson, PC. He focuses on assisting entrepreneurs and business owners. He helps entrepreneurs establish business structures and provides them with necessary legal advice to avoid common problems to new business owners.

William D. Cobb, Jr.

Mr. Cobb is a member of the Cobb Martinez Woodward PLLC firm. He is known as a strong, authentic and personable courtroom advocate. A strategic thinker, he brings to each engagement an ability to persuasively simplify the complicated while relentlessly mastering the details. He is sought after for his defense of professionals, particularly in the fields of law, insurance, real estate and securities brokerage.

Matt Cordon

Mr. Cordon serves as the director of the Legal Writing Center and professor of law. Recently, Matt has developed Baylor Law School's new Writing Center program.

John A. Davis Jr.

Mr. Davis is a shareholder and Risk Advisor at Dexter & Company. He specializes in professional liability coverage for attorneys and other professionals, cyber risk coverage, and is licensed to write insurance coverage in all 50 states and abroad.

Christian Ellis

Mr. Ellis has extensive experience inside the courtroom and out, helping clients solve difficult and complex legal problems in a wide variety of industries, including construction, oil and gas, manufacturing, and the non-profit sector. His practice includes general business litigation, contract formation, negotiation, dispute resolution, and problem solving for a wide array of clients with complex legal challenges.

Liz Fraley

Professor Fraley, a prominent Dallas trial lawyer, teaches in Baylor’s renowned Practice Court Program. Among her duties as a PC professor, she teaches trial evidence, procedure and advocacy, and trial advocacy skills, including witness examination, opening statements and closing arguments.

Scott Fraley

Professor Fraley, a prominent Dallas trial lawyer, is the director of Baylor Law's Legal Writing program. In his role as a director, he works to improve and expand Baylor Law's Legal Analysis, Research, and Communications (LARC) program and to teach students how to become top tier legal writers.

Judge Royal Furgeson

Judge Furgeson is the former Senior U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Prior to taking Senior Status, he served in the El Paso, Midland, and San Antonio Divisions of the Western District of Texas. Judge Furgeson now serves as the Founding Dean of the UNT Dallas College of Law.

Stephanie Gaston

Ms. Gaston practices at Strasburger & Price LLP. She is a member of Strasburger’s specialty litigation group. Stephanie focuses on the representation of clients in employment matters. Her practice includes the resolution of employment disputes via litigation and settlement negotiation.

Heather Harris

Doctor Harris is a PhD. in Psychology Candidate-Texas A&M University-Commerce (pending dissertation completion) and works at Baylor University as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Specialist. Her areas of interest include college student mental health, Christian counseling, and treatment resistant depression and anxiety disorders.

Monte James

Mr. James is a partner at Jackson Walker, LLP. He represents several Fortune 500 companies in litigation matters throughout Texas and other states. Litigation for these entities includes commercial litigation, health care litigation, negligence actions, bad faith claims, antitrust claims, False Claims Act qui tam actions, reimbursement matters, trademark infringement litigation, and state and federal civil monetary penalty actions.

Roland Johnson

Mr. Johnson served as president of the State Bar of Texas for 2009-2010. He now works at the firm Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C.. He has been repeatedly honored for his professionalism and legal knowledge and is often asked to speak on ethics, professionalism, arbitration, and leadership issues.

Laura Ellis Kugler

Ms. Kugler is a partner at Bailey Crow Kugler & Arnold LLP. Her practice focuses on personal injury litigation, primarily in the mass tort context. She has served as regional counsel for multiple corporate clients and has been extensively involved in the management, litigation and resolution of asbestos claims in the state of Texas and on a national level.

Christopher Lankford

Mr. Lankford is the founder of the Lankford Law Firm. He founded the firm in order to focus on criminal defense and to allow himself the flexibility to serve a broader range of clients. As a Fort Worth criminal defense attorney and DWI lawyer, he takes pride in fighting for individual's rights, freedom, and protecting them from the harsh consequences of the criminal justice system.

Kristen Levins

Ms. Levins is a Staff Attorney at the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Her work includes to ensuring low-income people are able to access the courts and the civil legal system and educating law students and attorneys on the access to justice gap.

Allison Marble

Ms. Marble manages all marketing and public relations efforts for Provost Umphrey Law Firm including: managing the marketing budget, creating strategic campaigns for specific areas of litigation, content creation for print and online outlets, writing and distributing press releases, firm reputation management and overseeing online marketing.

Pat Nunley

Mr. Nunley is a Growth Acceleration Leader at RSM US LLP. He left a thriving legal career to advise and coach professionals, executives, business owners and entrepreneurs so they achieve their full potential.

George (Tex) Quesada

Mr. Quesada is a partner at Sommerman, McCaffity & Quesada, LLP. He represents personal injury clients throughout Texas and New Mexico. He has successfully handled cases involving traumatic brain injuries, explosions, oil field injuries, truck wrecks, medical negligence and products liability.

Anne-Marie Rábago

Ms. Rábago is director of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI) and the State Bar of Texas Law Practice Management Program. Prior to her work with the State Bar, she was director of the Access to Law Incubator at California Western School of Law and has served as a Faculty member for Solo Practice University since 2012.

Stephen Rispoli

Mr. Rispoli is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs at Baylor Law. He assisted Professor Jeremy Counseller in developing the St Andrews Academy of the Advocate and collaborated with Professor Jim Wren to develop Legal Mapmaker™.

Jeffrey W. Ryan

Mr. Ryan is a partner at Chamblee, Ryan P.C.. He primarily focuses on litigation and trial work representing individuals, corporations, health care providers, and national transportation companies in state and federal courts in Texas and nationwide.

Judge Len A. Wade

Judge Wade is a partner at Kelly Hart Attorneys at Law. He served as judge of the 141st District Court of the State of Texas from January, 2003 through February, 2009. He now serves in Kelly Hart's Litigation practice group and in addition to litigation, provides mediation and arbitration services for complex litigation matters.

Joshua Weaver

Mr. Weaver is the founder and CEO of Weaver Innovations, LLC, a web and app. development and social media marketing company, and Everything but the Law, LLC, a growth and administration consulting company for attorneys. He is also a Legal Mapmaker ™ advisor and a Marketing and PR specialist at Baylor Law.

Jim Wren

Professor Wren was recruited to the faculty of Baylor Law School in 2006 to teach in the Practice Court program. He comes from a specialization in business litigation, including business fraud, professional liability and fiduciary litigation. He collaborated with Dean Rispoli to develop Legal Mapmaker™.