Movers and Shakers

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CENTRAL

Billy Lepak, previously with Ernst & Young, is now the director of international tax and planning with Dell Technologies, 1 Dell Way, Round Rock 78682.

Mike Hatchell is now counsel to Haynes and Boone, 600 Congress Ave., Ste. 1300, Austin 78701.

David J. Attwood is now a partner in Savrick, Schumann, Johnson, McGarr, Kaminski & Shirley, 4330 Gaines Ranch Loop, Ste. 150, Austin 78735.

Alvin J. Golden, previously with Ikard Golden Jones, is now a partner in Brink Bennett Flaherty Golden, 7800 N. Mopac, Ste. 200, Austin 78759.

Sherine Elizabeth Thomas is now executive assistant county attorney at the Travis County Attorney’s Office, Ned Granger Administration Building, 314 W. 11th St., Austin 78701.

David E. Armendariz, previously with Vinson & Elkins, is now an associate of Pirkey Barber, 600 Congress Ave., Ste. 2120, Austin 78701.

Frank A. King, of the Office of the Attorney General in Austin, was honored by the SAFE Alliance with the opening of the Frank A. King Law Library, P.O. Box 19454, Austin 78760.

Kent Sullivan, previously with Jackson Walker’s Austin and Houston offices, was appointed commissioner of insurance by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Gavin R. Villareal, of Baker Botts in Austin, received the Elizabeth Garcia President Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin.

The Willi Law Firm has relocated to 5920 W. William Cannon Dr., Bldg. 6, Ste. 100, Austin 78749.

Mitchell C. Chaney, previously with Colvin, Chaney, Saenz & Rodriguez, is now a partner in McGinnis Lochridge, 600 Congress Ave., Ste. 2100, Austin 78701.



EAST

Bill Lemons has relocated his ADR practice to the People’s Petroleum Building, 102 N. College Ave., Ste. 1026, Tyler 75702.



GULF

Michael S. Wright, of the Wright Law Firm in Houston, was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Reed W. Burritt is now an associate of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, 800 Commerce St., Houston 77002.

Lara D. Pringle was appointed office head of Jones Walker’s newly relocated Houston office, 811 Main St., Ste. 2900, 77002.

Tyler McGuire and Vanessa Pierce are now associates of Gray Reed & McGraw, 1300 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 2000, Houston 77056. John G. George Jr., a partner in the firm, was appointed to the Texas Real Estate Broker-Lawyer Committee by State Bar of Texas President Tom Vick.

Melanie Gray, of Winston & Strawn in Houston, served as honorary chair of the United Negro College Fund’s 29th Annual “A Mind is…” Gala at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston in November.

David A. Lang is now global head of LNG and a partner in Baker McKenzie, 700 Louisiana St., Ste. 3000, Houston 77002.

Matthew G. Thompson, previously with Seyfarth Shaw, is now a senior associate of the Quan Law Group, 5444 Westheimer Rd., Ste. 1750, Houston 77056.

Lori Troutman is now counsel to Haynes and Boone, 1221 McKinney St., Ste. 2100, Houston 77010.

Randall Beaty, previously with the city of Houston, is now an associate of Newton, Jones & Spaeth, 3405 Marquart St., Houston 77027.

Mark S. Armstrong is now a shareholder in Polsinelli, 1000 Louisiana St., 53rd Fl., Houston 77002.

Gregory C. Cox, previously with Locke Lord, is now senior counsel to EOG Resources, 1111 Bagby St., Sky Lobby 2, Houston 77002.



NORTH

M. Lewis Kinard is now EVP, general counsel, and assistant corporate secretary of the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas 75231.

Christopher D. Montez, previously with Thomas, Feldman & Wilshusen, is now owner of the Law Firm of Christopher D. Montez, 12222 Merit Dr., Ste. 1200, Dallas 75251.

Frank Kennedy, previously with Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, is now a partner in Tollefson Bradley Mitchell & Melendi, 2811 McKinney Ave., Ste. 250, Dallas 75204. Michael A. Hewitt, previously with Brown Fox, is now an associate of the firm.

Patrick Maher, previously with Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, is now senior counsel to Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, 8117 Preston Rd., Ste. 500, Dallas 75225.

Henry Talavera, of Polsinelli in Dallas, was appointed to the American Bar Association Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. Talavera also received a Top 50 Multicultural Lawyers award from the National Diversity Council. Gemma Descoteaux, also with the firm, was named Outstanding Director by the Dallas Women Lawyers Association and received a Top 50 Women in Law award from the National Diversity Council.

Randy Gordon and Luke Wohlford are now directors in Crowe & Dunlevy’s newly opened Dallas office, 1919 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100, 75201. Christopher M. Staine is now an associate of the firm.

J. Evan Farrior is now an associate of Fletcher, Farley, Shipman & Salinas, 9201 N. Central Expy., Ste. 600, Dallas 75231.

Steven Wolens, of McKool Smith in Dallas, was elected chair of the Texas Ethics Commission.

Mark R. Clasby is now an associate of the Law Office of Jodi McShan, 4144 N. Central Expy., Ste. 300, Dallas 75204.

Stephen Higdon is now an associate of Deans & Lyon, 325 N. St. Paul St., Ste. 1500, Dallas 75201.

Sherrie R. Abney, Elizabeth Chappell, Brett Christiansen, Lawrence R. Maxwell Jr., Ruth Rickard, L. Stephen Rizzieri, Laura R. Schlenker, and Anne Shuttee have founded Attorneys Without Litigation, a Dallas-based civil and family law collaborative network, at attorneyswithoutlitigation.com.

Hurshell K. Brown is now a partner in Hudson Cook’s newly opened Fort Worth office, 500 Main St., Ste. 310, 76102. J. Curtis Linscott is of counsel to and Andrea S. Cottrell is an associate of the firm.

Joseph P. Regan and Adam L. Plumbley, both previously with Winstead, are now partners in K&L Gates, D.R. Horton Tower, 301 Commerce St., Ste. 3000, Fort Worth 76102.

Neil Rajan, previously with Vinson & Elkins, is now a partner in Locke Lord, 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 2800, Dallas 75201.

Anna Brooks is now an associate of Scheef & Stone, 2600 Network Blvd., Ste. 400, Frisco 75034.

Alexander B. McLean, previously with Strasburger & Price, is now an associate of Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer, 8750 N. Central Expy., Ste. 1600, Dallas 75231.

Douglas Clayton is now chair of the Business, Tax and Estates Section of Cantey Hanger, 600 W. 6th St., Ste. 300, Fort Worth 76102. Julie Bergkamp is now vice chair of the section.

Jacqueline M. Allen, previously with Dykema Cox Smith, is now general counsel to American First Finance, 8585 N. Stemmons Fwy., Ste. 1000, Dallas 75257.

Jacob N. Pollack, previously with Holmes Firm, is now a partner in Bell Nunnally & Martin, 3232 McKinney Ave., Ste. 1400, Dallas 75204.

Amber Carson is now an associate of Gray Reed & McGraw, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 4600, Dallas 75201.

Jay J. Madrid is now of counsel to Dorsey & Whitney, 300 Crescent Ct., Ste. 400, Dallas 75201. Brian Vanderwoude is now a partner in the firm.

Jamil N. Alibhai, of Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas, was elected to the Make-A-Wish North Texas Board of Directors.

Talmage Boston, David W. Elrod, and Worthy Walker are now partners in Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, 9201 N. Central Expy., 4th Fl., Dallas 75231. Barbara Wohlrabe is now of counsel to and Hayley Ellison is an associate of the firm.

Cheryl Leb, of Kelly Hart & Hallman in Dallas, received a Top 50 Women in Law award from the National Diversity Council.

Kevin C. Smith is now an associate of Brackett & Ellis, 100 Main St., Fort Worth 76102.

Mark D. Wigder is now of counsel to Coats Rose, 14755 Preston Rd., Ste. 600, Dallas 75254.

Christopher D. Bowers, previously with the city of Dallas, is now of counsel to Miklos Law, 1800 Valley View Ln., Ste. 360, Farmers Branch 75234.

Rachel E. Kelly, of FordHarrison in Dallas, is now a member of the State Bar of Texas LeadershipSBOT 2017-2018 class.

Whitney Abbott is now an associate of Vincent Serafino Geary Waddell Jenevein, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 4100, Dallas 75201.

Esther R. Donald is now a partner in GoransonBain, 8350 N. Central Expy., Ste. 1700, Dallas 75206.

Barry J. Brooks, previously with McGuire, Craddock & Strother, is now a partner in Peckar & Abramson, 8080 N. Central Expy., Ste. 1600, LB 65, Dallas 75206.



PANHANDLE

Laura Pratt is now executive director of OneVoiceHome, 10507 Quaker Ave., Ste. 206, Lubbock 79424.



SOUTH

David Lopez is now head of international litigation at Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton, Convent Plaza, 333 Convent St., San Antonio 78205.

Eunice Fernandez Moore, previously with the Loya Insurance Group, and Dylan J. McDonald are now associates of Ortiz & Batis, 10100 Reunion Pl., Ste. 600, San Antonio 78216.

Keith B. O’Connell and Ernest “Frank” Avery are now shareholders in MehaffyWeber’s newly opened San Antonio office, 4040 Broadway St., Ste. 522, 78209. David Coates, James W. Goldsmith Jr., and Elizabeth O’Connell Perez are now associates of the firm.

Erin Oglesby, of the Tom Rhodes Law Firm in San Antonio, received the F. Scott Baldwin Award from the American Association for Justice.



WEST

Linda A. Samples, previously with the city of El Paso, is now associate general counsel to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, 4801 Alberta Ave., 79905.



OUT OF STATE

Justin Byrne is now chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, 7501 NW Expy., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132.

Clyde DeWitt is now of counsel to Gentile, Cristalli, Miller, Armeni, Savarese, 410 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 420, Las Vegas, Nevada 89145. TBJ

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