Keith D. Calcote
Keith Calcote is a seasoned trial lawyer with both big firm and in-house experience. A partner for ten years at Haynes and Boone, Keith made the transition to corporate practice when offered an in-house litigation position by a law firm client.
Now, as Associate General Counsel and Head of Litigation for Motiva Enterprises, LLC, he is responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of litigation for one of America’s largest petroleum refiners and marketers. A subsidiary of oil giant Saudi Aramco, Motiva is headquartered in Houston and has annual revenues of $30+ billion with aggressive plans to expand in the U.S.
Calcote wouldn’t trade places with anyone, but admits he learned litigation management the old-fashioned way: trial and error. And he readily concedes that he has experienced more of the latter than he cares to admit.
Calcote believes that litigation management at a large company requires the development of a unique skill set largely, if not completely, unaddressed in law schools. It’s his observation that the corporate marketplace increasingly demands the delivery of legal services in an efficient, creative and cost-effective manner, and lawyers and law firms unequipped to deliver are likewise unable to compete. Law schools have been slow to react to this phenomenon, further widening the gap between market demands and the ability of graduates to meet clients’ needs. Baylor Law School’s Litigation Management degree addresses this need and positions Baylor to distinguish itself as a leader in legal education.
Calcote regularly escapes the big city to cast a fishing line into a placid pond or to help out with the quail problem in South Texas. His wife, Jyl, indulges him, explaining their 27-year marriage.