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Baylor Law Welcomes Anthony Bruster and Dan Tilly to Practice Court Program

May 15, 2024

Baylor Law proudly announces the addition of Anthony Bruster, JD ’02, and Dan Tilly, JD ’05, to its distinguished Practice Court Program and full-time faculty, effective August 1, 2024. With a commitment to excellence and a wealth of experience, Bruster and Tilly embody the caliber of professionals Baylor Law aims to cultivate. Their dedication to Baylor Law students ensures that Practice Court continues to thrive and shape the next generation of Baylor Lawyers. We are thrilled to welcome Anthony and Dan. 

 

Anthony Bruster, JD '02
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Anthony Bruster, JD '02

Anthony Bruster is the founding member of Bruster PLLC and has made a career out of seeking justice for those who lack it.    

Anthony received a BBA in economics from Baylor University and then graduated summa cum laude and second in his class at Baylor Law in 2002. After graduation, he began his legal career at the highly-esteemed litigation firm of Nix, Patterson & Roach LLP. Within his first two years of practicing law, Anthony passed four consecutive bar examinations (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico) and served as lead or co-lead trial counsel in multiple cases that resulted in $1 million+ verdicts for his clients, including several reported opinions.

During his first ten years of practice, Anthony won numerous jury verdicts and helped his clients negotiate and enter into licensing and settlement agreements both inside and outside the context of litigation. Among other accomplishments, Anthony served as co-lead trial counsel for DataTreasury Corporation in its voluminous national and international patent enforcement campaign, which was widely reported in the media and garnered attention throughout the patent law community. It was widely reported that the DataTreasury litigation campaign resulted in more than $400 million in licensing proceeds. Anthony was named a “Rising Star” by Thomson/Reuters in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.  

After ten years of maintaining a full-time litigation practice, Anthony resigned his partnership position at Nix Patterson in December 2012 and left the full-time practice of law to focus his efforts on international mission work, with an emphasis on orphan care and Christian education in developing countries. Anthony returned to the practice of law in 2015, while still actively advancing international education through his involvement with Edify (www.edify.org).

Upon returning to the full-time law practice, Anthony grew Bruster PLLC into a formidable trial firm. Anthony oversees the firm’s efforts in many areas, including the New Mexico tobacco litigation and the ongoing social media litigation, and he is heavily involved with the firm’s patent litigation docket. Anthony was named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson/Reuters in 2022 and was selected as a Top 100 lawyer in Texas by The National Trial Lawyers in 2022 and 2023.

Anthony is most proud of his family, his wife Amy, and their three children.  
 

Daniel Tilly, JD '05
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Daniel Tilly, JD '05

Dan Tilly earned his degree in political science from the University of Texas and began working in politics and government in Austin, Texas. He served as the deputy director of the statewide campaign for a Supreme Court of Texas justice and campaign manager for two Texas House of Representatives members. He later served as a chief of staff in the Texas legislature. 

Professor Tilly earned a JD from Baylor Law School, graduating with honors. As a student, he served as a senior executive editor of the Baylor Law Review, competed as a mock trial advocate, and published an article concerning the rights of adoptive children. 

Professor Tilly is an experienced litigator and trial attorney who teaches students the application of evidence, procedure, and advocacy in the courtroom as a professor and Associate Dean at Campbell Law School. He also served as the Director of Advocacy Programs at Campbell Law School after leaving private law practice in Texas, where he litigated claims in civil trial courts involving various legal issues, including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims, and medical malpractice torts. He has represented clients on both the plaintiff and defense sides of the docket for cases taken to trial, arbitrated, or resolved through mediation. 

He also worked as an adjunct professor at Baylor Law, teaching core principles of real property to first-year students. Since 2013, he has taught trial advocacy to law students from around the country on the faculty of Baylor Law’s Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews, Scotland.

He and his wife Angela have three sons and currently live outside Raleigh, North Carolina.