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Charles W. Schwartz was elected chairman of the board of regents of the Texas A&M University System in College Station.

Madeleine Bullard Connor, of the Texas Veterans Commission in Austin, has been promoted to general counsel.

Scott A. Simmons was promoted to partner in Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott, 3736 Bee Caves Rd., Ste. 1160, Austin 78746.

Rose Cardona, mayor of Sunset Valley and previously a solo practitioner, is now vice president of legal affairs of SocialCare, 7200 N. MoPac Expy., Ste. 310, Austin 78731.

Hallie E. Graves, previously with Baker Botts, is now counsel to Ewell, Brown, Blanke & Knight, 111 Congress Ave., Ste. 2800, Austin 78701.

Joe Tanguma is now of counsel to Thompson & Horton, 400 W. 15th St., Ste. 1430, Austin 78701.

Adam I. Hauser, previously with Husch Blackwell, is now the president and chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels Central Texas, 3227 E. Fifth St., Austin 78702.

Lisa E. Davis, Greg Holloway, Keith Hopson, and Mary Marek are now partners in DuBois Bryant & Campbell, 303 Colorado St., Ste. 2300, Austin 78701.


Andrew Pidgirsky, Cleve J. Glenn, and Earl Touchstone are now partners in Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, 24 Greenway Plaza, Ste. 1400, Houston 77046.

Mark Lanier, of the Lanier Law Firm in Houston, was inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the National Trial Lawyers.

Richard Frankel, previously with HackermanFrankel, has opened the Texas office of Reiner, Slaughter, McCartney & Frankel, 3773 Richmond Ave., Ste. 550, Houston 77046.

Ankita Puri, previously with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, is now an associate of Thompson & Horton, 3200 Southwest Fwy., Ste. 2000, Houston 77027.

Jared B. Caplan, of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Houston, was appointed to the Houston Bar Association’s Administration of Justice Committee for 2017-2018.

Danielle K. Herring, of Littler Mendelson in Houston, was elected co-chair of the firm’s ERISA and Benefit Plan Litigation Practice Group.

Mario A. Martinez, of Martinez & McGuire in Katy, is now certified in civil trial law and consumer and commercial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Michael L. Hardwick is now an associate of the Law Office of J. Thomas Black, 2600 S. Gessner Rd., Ste. 110, Houston 77063.

David R. Eastlake, of Greenberg Traurig in Houston, received the Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Achievement Award, recognizing an outstanding young Texas bankruptcy lawyer, from the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section’s Young Lawyers Committee. Eastlake became the chair of the committee in June.

John Vereb, previously with Schlumberger Technology Corp., is now of counsel to Patterson + Sheridan, 24 Greenway Plaza, Ste. 1600, Houston 77046.

Stephen Pate, previously with Norton Rose Fulbright, is now a member in Cozen O’Connor, LyondellBasell Tower, 1221 McKinney St., Ste. 2900, Houston 77010. Pate is also practice area leader of the firm’s global insurance department and was elected to a three-year term on the board of regents of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

Kimberly C. Clark, previously with the Civil Division of the Special Prosecution Unit in Huntsville, is now an associate of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, Galleria Tower II, 5051 Westheimer Rd., 10th Fl., Houston 77056. Andrew Mihalick is now a senior attorney with the firm.

Barry Barnett, of Susman Godfrey in Houston, is now a member of the board of trustees of the New-York Historical Society and has joined the Executive Committee of the Center for American and International Law.

Mary Kay Fischer, previously with the city of Angleton, is now a city attorney for the city of Friendswood, 910 S. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood 77546.

Krystal Shipman, previously with Prosperity Bank, is now corporate counsel to Hines, 2800 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 4800, Houston 77056.

Thomas W. Taylor, of Andrews Kurth Kenyon in Houston, was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Thompson & Knight relocated its Houston office to BG Group Place, 811 Main St., Houston 77002.

Matthew Leslie is now the assistant director of the Enforcement Division in the Texas State Securities Board’s Houston office, 1919 N. Loop West Fwy., Ste. 300, 77008.

Richard “Rick” Olsen, of the Olsen Law Firm in Cypress, was elected the 107th president of the Rotary Club of Houston.

Douglas W. Rommelmann, previously with Andrews Kurth Kenyon, is now a partner in Bracewell, 711 Louisiana St., Ste. 2300, Houston 77002.

Benny Agosto Jr., of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston, received the Latino Learning Center’s Annual Humanitarian Award in the category of Male Philanthropist.

Denis Braham, of Winstead in Houston and Dallas, was appointed to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s International Advisory Council.


Lissette Villarruel, previously with Haynes and Boone, is now an associate of Thompson & Horton, 500 N. Akard St., Ste. 3150, Dallas 75201.

Banks Bruce is now counsel to Sidley Austin, 2021 McKinney Ave., Ste. 2000, Dallas 75201. Tara M. Lancaster, previously with Baker Botts, is now an associate of the firm.

Lynn Waller Kelly, previously with the Lynn Kelly Law Firm, is now an associate judge of Tarrant County Probate Court No. 2, Tarrant County Courthouse—Room 220A, 100 W. Weatherford St., Fort Worth 76196.

Dylan O. Drummond is now counsel to Gray Reed & McGraw, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 4600, Dallas 75201. Jacob A. Lewis, Ethan Wood, and Laura E. Brandt are now associates of the firm.

Leiza Dolghih, previously with Godwin Bowman & Martinez, is now a partner in Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, 2100 Ross Ave., Ste. 2000, Dallas 75201.

G. Scott Rooker, previously with Strasburger & Price, is now an attorney and escrow officer at Lawyers Title Company, 4514 Cole Ave., Ste. 1400, Dallas 75205.

Jennifer S. Schultz, previously with Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, is now assistant general counsel to Elo Touch Solutions, 1755 N. Collins Blvd., Ste. 405, Richardson 75080.

James D. Eggleston Jr., of Eggleston King in Weatherford, was selected as a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Lisa F. Doss is now of counsel to the firm.

Misty Cunningham, of Fanaff, Hoagland, Clark & Gonzales in Irving, was appointed by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization to a three-year term on the Personal Injury Trial Law Advisory Commission.

Paul George, of Texas A&M University School of Law, was named the reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s Registration of Foreign Judgments to Harmonize the Law of Canada and the United States.

Kenyatta M. Braggs, previously with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, is now a director of Brackett & Ellis, 100 Main St., Fort Worth 76102.

Larry W. Wilshire, Michael L. Peck, and Sterling Elza, all of Brown, Dean, Proctor & Howell in Fort Worth, are now co-chairs of the firm’s construction law practice group.

Neil J. Orleans, of the Law Offices of Judith W. Ross in Dallas, was elected vice president of finance on the Executive Committee of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra.

Gregory M. Howison, John J. Arnott, and Brian D. Walker, all previously with Howison & Arnott, are now partners in Munck Wilson Mandala, 600 Banner Place Tower, 12770 Coit Rd., Dallas 75251. Edward I. Jorgenson and Steven R. Greenfield are now senior counsel to and Keith D. Harden and Richard D. Dusenbury are now associates of the firm.

Michael Ray Goldman, previously with Guida, Slavich & Flores, is now a shareholder in the newly formed Goldman Law, 4925 Greenville Ave., Ste. 200, Dallas 75206.

Lisa McCullough Ash has been promoted to managing partner in the Sanders Law Group, 6245 Rufe Snow Dr., Ste. 280-327, Fort Worth 76148.

Catherine Bright Haws, previously with Key Harrington Barnes, and Seth Horwitz, previously with Glast, Phillips & Murray, are now of counsel to Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, 901 Main St., Ste. 5500, Dallas 75202.

Pamela Justiss, previously with Santander Consumer USA, is now chief compliance officer of Oakwood Bancshares, 8411 Preston Rd., Ste. 600, Dallas 75225.

A. Brook Fulks, previously with the Law Office of A. Brook Fulks, is now an associate of Loughmiller Higgins, 6401 S. Custer Rd., Ste. 2000, McKinney 75070.


Elizabeth G. Hill, previously with Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, has opened the Law Office of Elizabeth G. Hill, 8008 Slide Rd., Ste. 33, Lubbock 79424.


Michael J. Urbis, previously with Nationwide Insurance, is now an assistant city attorney for the city of San Antonio, 100 W. Houston St., 18th Fl., San Antonio 78205.

Mogey Elizabeth Lovelle, previously with the Texas State Securities Board, is now an associate of Hoblit Darling Ralls Hernandez & Hudlow, 802 N. Carancahua St., Ste. 2000, Corpus Christi 78401. Harrison Clark Fisher, previously with John Malone, is now an associate of the firm’s San Antonio office, 6243 W. Interstate 10, Ste. 601, 78201.

Tifini Cigarroa is now an associate of Langley & Banack, 745 E. Mulberry Ave., Ste. 700, San Antonio 78212.

Robert D. Kilgore is now special counsel to Gardner Law, 745 E. Mulberry Ave., Ste. 500, San Antonio 78212.

William J. McDonough Jr., Pete Broderick, and James M. McDonough are now partners in Jackson Walker, 112 E. Pecan St., Ste. 2400, San Antonio 78205. Art Cavazos Jr. is now an associate of the firm.

Victor Villarreal is now judge of Webb County Court at Law No. 2, 1110 Victoria St., Ste. 404, Laredo 78040.

Renee D. Foshee was elected 2017-2018 president of the San Antonio chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

David G. Balmer, of the Balmer Law Firm in San Antonio, was selected as a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.


Kendra D. Link was named acting general counsel to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 1600, Arlington, Virginia 22209.

Renata Gowie, previously with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, is now assistant U.S. attorney in the office’s Civil Division for the District of Oregon, 1000 S.W. Third Ave., Ste. 600, Portland, Oregon 97204.

Nicole B. Erickson, previously a solo practitioner, is now an associate of Wyse Kadish, 900 S.W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 2000, Portland, Oregon 97204.

Kent Barnett is now a tenured associate professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, 225 Herty Dr., Athens, Georgia 30602.

Travis Austin Greaves is now the deputy assistant attorney general for the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20530.TBJ

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