Movers and Shakers
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Martinec, Winn & Vickers has relocated to 611 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 450, Austin 78704.
JoAl Cannon Sheridan, previously with Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores, is now a senior partner in the newly formed Sheridan Barrett Coble and Andrae, 1301 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste. C-120, Austin 78746, and has been named president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.
S.W. “Whitney” Knight, of Allensworth & Porter in Austin, was elected secretary of the board of the Downtown Austin Alliance.
Husch Blackwell has formed its Government Solutions team, establishing an Austin group, 111 Congress Ave., Ste. 1400, Austin 78701.
Jenny Lee Smith, of Cobb & Counsel in Austin, was reappointed to the Texas Access to Justice Commission by the State Bar of Texas.
K. Lance Anderson, of Dickinson Wright in Austin, has been selected to the board of directors of the Texas Medical Device Alliance.
Andrew C. Graham is now senior counsel to Munck Wilson Mandala, 2801 Via Fortuna Dr., Ste. 630, Austin 78746.
Sarah Nicolas, previously with Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, has formed Ramón Worthington’s Austin office, 11940 Jollyville Rd., Ste. 125-S, Austin 78759. Steve Bosky, Chris Baker, and Natalie Tarnosky are now associates of the firm.
William F. Ritter IV is now an attorney with Texas Legal Services Center, 2101 I-35 S., Ste. 300, Austin 78741.
Edward H. Block, of Gardere Wynne Sewell in Austin, was elected as a council member of the State Bar of Texas Computer and Technology Section.
Charmaine C. Mazzantini, previously with the Texas Education Agency, is now associate general counsel to the Texas State University System, 208 E. 10th St., Ste. 600, Austin 78701.
Betty Blackwell, of the Law Office of Betty Blackwell in Austin, and E.G. “Gerry” Morris, of the Law Office of E.G. Morris in Austin, were inducted to the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Hall of Fame.
Brent Webster, previously first assistant district attorney in Williamson County, is now senior counsel to Edwards Sutarwalla, 3809 S. Second St., Ste. B300, Austin 78704.
David E. Moore, of Holmes, Moore, Waldron & Parrish in Longview, was sworn in as the 47th president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Ian P. Faria, of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Houston, has been selected as a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. Sabrina N. Jiwani, also with the firm, has been appointed to the Houston Bar Association’s Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee.
John W. Raley, of Raley & Bowick in Houston, received the 2017 Clarence Darrow Award from the Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association.
John Meredith is now the chief operating officer of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, 1200 Smith St., 14th Fl., Houston 77002.
Annapoorni Sankaran, of Greenberg Traurig in Houston, has been awarded the Silver Shingle Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession by the Boston University School of Law.
Robin L. Apostolakis, of Martin, Earl & Stilwell in The Woodlands, is now an equity partner in the firm.
Robin Russell, of Andrews Kurth Kenyon in
Houston, received the 2017 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award from the
Texas Bar Foundation.
Nicole Voyles, of Tindall England in Houston, was appointed to the Texas Access to Justice Commission by the State Bar of Texas.
Patrick E. Gaas and Heather E. Asselin, both of Coats Rose in Houston, were named Charter Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.
David F. Asmus, Brian A. Bradshaw, and Brian Minyard are now partners in Sidley Austin, 1000 Louisiana St., Ste. 6000, Houston 77002.
John T. Woodruff, previously with McDermott Will & Emery, is now a shareholder in Polsinelli, 1000 Louisiana St., 53rd Fl., Houston 77002.
Richard D. Deutsch, previously with Andrews Kurth Kenyon, is now a partner in McGuireWoods, JPMorgan Chase Tower, 600 Travis St., Ste. 7500, Houston 77002.
Paul L. Mitchell, previously with Andrews Kurth Kenyon, is now a partner in Hicks Thomas, 700 Louisiana St., Ste. 2000, Houston 77002.
Scot Clinton is now a senior attorney with Wilson Cribbs and Goren, 2500 Fannin St., Houston 77002.
Todd Culwell, previously with Andrews Kurth Kenyon, is now a partner in Reed Smith, 811 Main St., Ste. 1700, Houston 77002.
Doug Murphy, previously with Trichter & Murphy, has formed the Doug Murphy Law Firm, 402 Main St., 4th Fl., Houston 77002.
Dan Woodall and Charles Batchelor have formed Woodall Batchelor, 26865 I-45, Ste. 201, The Woodlands 77380.
Matthew Bourda, previously with Acosta Law, is now an associate of the Lane Law Firm, 6200 Savoy Dr., Ste. 1150, Houston 77036.
Katherine Scardino, of the Law Office of Scardino and Phillips in Angleton, was inducted to the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Hall of Fame.
Nick R. Gerner is now an associate of Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, 301 E. Commerce St., Ste. 1500, Fort Worth 76102.
Karen Ensley, previously with Cutler-Smith, is now a partner in Saunders, Walsh & Beard, Craig Ranch Professional Plaza, 6850 TPC Dr., Ste. 210, McKinney 75070. Daniel Correa, previously with Cowles and Thompson, is now an associate of the firm.
Aimee L. Stone, previously with Moses, Palmer & Howell, is now an executive director trust officer with J.P. Morgan Private Bank, 420 Throckmorton St., Ste. 300, Fort Worth 76102.
William D. Elliott, of Elliott, Thomason & Gibson in Dallas, was recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer by the State Bar of Texas Tax Section.
Barry M. Rosen, previously with Stewart Title of Lubbock, is now an escrow officer with Capital Title of Texas, 2400 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 560, Plano 75093.
Chief Justice Carolyn Wright, of the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas, received the Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers, also with the court, received the Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award from the Texas Bar Foundation.
Seth Crosland is now managing attorney in the newly formed Crosland Law Firm, 320 Decker Dr., Ste. 100, Irving 75062.
Gavin Fearey is now of counsel to Winstead, 300 Throckmorton St., Ste. 1700, Fort Worth 76102.
Thomas E. Reddin, previously with Winstead, is now a shareholder in Polsinelli, 2950 N. Harwood, Ste. 2100, Dallas 75201. Theanna M. Sedlock is now an associate of the firm.
Nikki H. Fanous is now senior counsel to Kane Russell Coleman Logan, Thanksgiving Tower, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 3700, Dallas 75201. Seth A. Sloan is now an associate of the firm.
Meloney Perry, of Perry Law in Dallas, was elected the 2017-2018 chair of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
The Dallas Bar
Association won several awards at the State Bar of Texas Annual
Meeting: The State Bar’s Award of Merit, Outstanding Partnership Award
for Immediate Past President Jerry Alexander’s mural project at the
George L. Allen Sr. Courts Building, and a Star of Achievement Award for
its Day of Civility program.
L. Bradley Johnson, of Bailey & Galyen in Dallas; Lindsey Vanden Eykel, of KoonsFuller in Dallas; and Adam Swartz, of the Swartz Law Firm and White Jacobs & Associates; received a Stars of Texas Bars Publication Award for Best Series of Substantive Law Articles from the State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee for their work in the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes.
Michelle Alden, of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, received the Pro Bono Coordinator Award from the State Bar of Texas.
Thomas Allen Jr., of Jones Day in Dallas, received an Impact Award from the State Bar of Texas Poverty Law Section.
Christina Melton Crain, a private practitioner in Dallas, received a Presidential Citation from the State Bar of Texas.
The William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court has elected new officers: President Steve W. Gwinn, Counselor Nicole LeBoeuf, and Secretary-Treasurer Chad Ruback.
Britney Harrison Dieng, of GoransonBain in Dallas, received the Keith L. Krueger Leadership Award from the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
Kenneth G. Raggio, of Raggio & Raggio in Dallas, received a Stars of Texas Bars Publication Award for Best Series of Feature/General Interest Articles from the State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee for his work in the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes. Raggio also received the Joseph W. Knight Best Family Law CLE Article from the State Bar’s Family Law Section.
Steve W. Gwinn, of Suzanne I. Calvert & Associates, received the Nancy L. Garms Memorial Award from the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department.
Charles R. Hodges, of the Law Office of Charlie Hodges in Dallas, received the Dan Price Award from the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section.
Robin Phelan, of Robin Phelan Law in Dallas, received the Banco Rotto Award from the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section.
Judge Emily Miskel, of the 470th District Court in McKinney, received the Joseph W. Knight Best Family Law CLE Article from the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section.
Timothy Newman, of Haynes and Boone in Dallas, received the Outstanding First Year Director Award from the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Ann M. Saegert, also with the firm, received the Distinguished Texas Real Estate Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section.
Shelly L. Skeen, of Blume, Faulkner & Skeen in Richardson, received the Judge Norman W. Black Award from the State Bar of Texas LGBT Law Section.
Lawrence R. Maxwell Jr., an attorney in Dallas, and Anne K. Shuttee, of the Law Office of Anne Shuttee in Dallas, received a service award from the State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Section.
Courtney B. Perez, of Carter Scholer in Dallas, received a President’s Award from the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
Judith W. Ross, of the Law Offices of Judith W. Ross in Dallas, received the Michelle A. Mendez Award of Excellence from the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section.
Hope Shimabuku, of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, received the Champion of Diversity Award from the State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section.
Edward V. Smith III, of Stephens-Guthrie in Dallas, received an Outstanding 50-Year Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation.
Meijken Westenskow, of Mosaic Family Services in Dallas, received the Patrick Wiseman Award from the State Bar of Texas Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section.
H. Ron White, of White & Wiggins in Dallas, received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the State Bar of Texas African-American Lawyers Section.
Michelle Schulz, of Gardere Wynne Sewell in Dallas, was appointed chair of the State Bar of Texas International Law Section. Luke Wohlford, also with the firm, was named chair-elect of the bar’s Antitrust and Business Litigation Section.
William “Bill” Marple, of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas in Dallas, was appointed to the Texas Access to Justice Commission by the Texas Supreme Court.
Pamela St. John, of AT&T Services in Dallas, received the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award from the Texas Access to Justice Commission.
Rhonda Hunter, of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, was named to the American Bar Association Commission on Youth at Risk.
John R. Henderson, previously with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, is now a partner in McGuireWoods, 2000 McKinney Ave., Ste. 1400, Dallas 75201.
Stephanie S. Harrison and Luke McMahan are now attorneys with the newly relocated Harrison Steck, 515 Houston St., Ste. 701, Fort Worth 76102.
Walter “Zev” Rudberg, previously with IBM, and Patricia “Trish” Hu are now associates of Munck Wilson Mandala, 600 Banner Place Tower, 12770 Coit Rd., Dallas 75251.
Jonathan Nowlin, previously with Gray Reed & McGraw, is now assistant general counsel to Children’s Health System of Texas, 1935 Medical District Dr., Dallas 75235.
Sofia Ramón, Dan Worthington, and Elizabeth Cantu, all previously with Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, have formed Ramón Worthington, 900 Kerria Ave., McAllen 78501. Shellie Smith is now an associate of the firm.
Eduardo Romero, previously with Villarreal and Romero, is now a solo practitioner with a firm in his name, 201 W. Del Mar Blvd., Ste. 15, Laredo 78041.
Richard L. Reed, of Coats Rose in San Antonio, was named a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.
Joe W. Groft, previously with Curney, Farmer, House & Osuna, is now an associate of Goldman & Associates, 10100 Reunion Pl., Ste. 800, San Antonio 78216.
Merritt Clements, previously with Strasburger & Price, is now of counsel to the Tom Rhodes Law Firm, 126 Villita St., Ste. 100, San Antonio 78205.
Gerry A. Lozano, previously with the San Antonio City Attorney’s Office and Jackson Walker, is now of counsel to Heinrichs & De Gennaro, 100 N.E. Loop 410, Ste. 1075, San Antonio 78216.
Brittany L. Lastition, previously a solo practitioner, is now an associate of the Marquardt Law Firm, 15600 San Pedro Ave., Ste. 100, San Antonio 78232.
James Aycock, of Langley & Banack in San Antonio, received the 2017 Distinguished Probate Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section.
Judge Edward C. Prado, of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Antonio, and Judge Jim Huff, of Live Oak County, were honored at the 30th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course.
Brielle Stewart, Amy Chance, and Heather Hayden are now associates of Santoyo Moore Wehmeyer, 12400 San Pedro Ave., Ste. 300, San Antonio 78216.
Kathleen C. Walker and Mark C. Walker are now members in Dickinson Wright’s newly opened El Paso office, 221 N. Kansas St., Ste. 2000, 79901. Heather L. Frayre and Mario Franke are of counsel to the firm.
OUT OF STATE
Donna L. Courville, of Boutin Jones in Sacramento, California, was elected to a two-year term as chair of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.
Angela R. Hoyt, previously with Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, is now director of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California 95003.
Katy Drechsel is now VP Chief Legal Officer of SMBC Rail Services, 100 Clark St., Ste. 201, St. Charles, Missouri 63301.
Bellanne Meltzer Toren, of the Office of Bellanne Meltzer Toren in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, earned the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation after graduating from the ICD and Rotman School of Management’s Directors Education Program.TBJ