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Jeff Layne and Benjamin Koplin are now partners in Reed Smith’s newly opened Austin office, 111 Congress Ave., Ste. 400, 78701. Sarah Cummings is now an associate of the firm.

Michelle Rosenblatt is now a partner in Jackson Walker, 100 Congress Ave., Ste. 1100, Austin 78701.

Eric L. Johnson, previously with Andrews Kurth Kenyon, is now of counsel to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, 300 W. Sixth St., Ste. 1850, Austin 78701.

Steven R. Daniels is now a member in Dickinson Wright, 303 Colorado St., Ste. 2050, Austin 78701.

Kenda Dalrymple, Nancy Shellhorse, Amanda Ellis, and Laura Diamond founded and are now partners in Dalrymple, Shellhorse, Ellis and Diamond, Barton Oaks Plaza Building 1, 901 S. Mopac Expy., Ste. 280, Austin 78746. Matthew Rienstra is now of counsel to the firm.

Greg Sapire, previously with K&L Gates, is now a partner in Cleveland | Terrazas, 4611 Bee Caves Rd., Ste. 306 B, Austin 78746.

Darren Gibson, of Littler Mendelson in Austin, was named co-chair of the firm’s Higher Education Industry Group.

Heather M. Lockhart, previously with the Texas Municipal League, is now an assistant city attorney with the city of Austin Law Department, 301 W. Second St., Austin 78701.

Harry Jung IV and Matthew M. McKee are now associates of Hajjar Peters, 3144 Bee Caves Rd., Austin 78746.


Sara Brinkmann is now a partner in Reed Smith, 811 Main St., Ste. 1700, Houston 77002. Craig Tanner is now counsel to and Caitlin Chambers is an associate of the firm.

Elizabeth Carol Freeman is now a partner in Jackson Walker, 1401 McKinney St., Ste. 1900, Houston 77010.

Samantha P. Torres is now an associate of Deans & Lyons, First City Tower, 1001 Fannin St., Ste. 1925, Houston 77002.

Muhammad Aziz, of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston, received the Distinguished Member Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Houston.

James J. Alfini, Fran Brochstein, Frank Evans, Mohammad A. Ramji, Norma Levine Trusch, and Alvin L. Zimmerman received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution—Houston Chapter.

Jeffrey S. Dinerstein is now a partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, 1000 Louisiana St., Ste. 4000, Houston 77002.

Donald D. Jackson is now a partner in McGinnis Lochridge, 711 Louisiana St., Ste. 1600, Houston 77002.

Katharine D. David is now managing partner in Husch Blackwell, 1800 Bering Dr., Ste. 750, Houston 77057.

Houston attorneys Debra Tsuchiyama Baker, of Baker Wotring; Linda Broocks, of Kean Miller; Phyllis Randolph Frye, of Frye, Benavidez, and O’Neil; and Cristina Rodriguez, of Hogan Lovells; received the Premier Women in Law Award from the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation.

Robert “Keith” Morris III and Jason B. Ostrom are now partners in Holland & Knight, 1100 Louisiana St., Ste. 4300, Houston 77002. Stacy L. Kelly is now senior counsel to the firm.

David B. Jordan, of Littler Mendelson in Houston, was named co-chair of the firm’s Hospitality Industry Group.

Amy Ramon, of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department in Houston, was honored by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association.

Veronica Cruz, previously with Haynes and Boone, is now an associate of McGinnis Lochridge, 711 Louisiana St., Ste. 1600, Houston 77002.

Bailey Law Firm opened a Houston office, 815 Walker St., Ste. 452, 77002. The firm also received the Winner of Distinction Award from the Better Business Bureau and the Pinnacle Award from the Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce.

Jack Balagia Jr. is now the owner of the Law Office of Jack Balagia, Jr., 1221 McKinney, Ste. 3200, Houston 77010 and is sharing space with Kenneth Tekell Sr., now the owner of the Law Office of Kenneth Tekell, Sr., 1221 McKinney, Ste. 3200, Houston 77010.

Brittany Greger is now an associate of Wright Close & Barger, One Riverway, Ste. 2200, Houston 77056.

Cassandra L. Walsh and Collin M. Weyand are now associates of Adams and Reese, LyondellBasell Tower, 1221 McKinney St., Ste. 4400, Houston 77010.

Ryan Bill is now an associate of Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, 1800 Bering Dr., Ste. 600, Houston 77057.


Jason C. Rodgers is now senior counsel to Jackson Walker, 777 Main St., Ste. 2100, Fort Worth 76102.

Christine Williford, is now a partner in Locke Lord, 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 2800, Dallas 75201.

Jerry Selinger, of Patterson + Sheridan in Dallas, and Marc Hubbard, of Hubbard Johnston in Dallas, received the Project Award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

John G. Browning, of Passman & Jones in Dallas, was selected for the annual Fastcase 50 list of innovators.

Kevin Schutte is now a partner in Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson, 5400 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 930, Dallas 75240.

Katherine Compton, of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Dallas, is now a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Abbey B. Garber is now a partner in Thompson & Knight, One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh St., Ste. 1500, Dallas 75201.

Scott M. Delaney and Matt Berde are now associates of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, 200 Crescent Ct., Ste. 300, Dallas 75201.

Felicity A. Fowler is now head of McGinnis Lochridge’s new Dallas office, Chase Tower, 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 4900E, 75201. Alex Stevens, previously with Haynes and Boone, is now a partner in the firm.

Andy Szuwalski and Jeremy Berman are now directors in Crowe & Dunlevy, 1919 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100, Dallas 75201.

Todd Goldberg has founded a solo practice in his name, 3710 Rawlins St., Ste. 1300, Dallas 75219.

Mark R. Wasem is now a partner in Spencer Fane, 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 4800 West, Dallas 75201.

Craig Harris, previously with Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach, is now a shareholder in Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, 500 N. Akard St., Ste. 3800, Dallas 75201.

Neil J. Orleans, of the Law Offices of Judith W. Ross in Dallas, was re-elected as vice president of finance, treasurer, and member of the executive committee of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra.

Andrea M. Palmer, previously with Anderson & Riddle, is now a senior risk management analyst with Higginbotham, 500 W. 13th St., Fort Worth 76102.

Zeke Fortenberry, previously with Eberstein & Witherite, opened the Fortenberry Firm, 17304 Preston Rd., Ste. 800, Dallas 75252.

Stevenson Moore V is now a principal in Ni, Wang & Massand, 8140 Walnut Hill Ln., Ste. 500, Dallas 75231.

Angela M. Stockbridge is now senior counsel to the Wilkins Finston Friedman Law Group, CBS Tower, 12001 N. Central Expy., Ste. 1150, Dallas 75243.

Scott E. Yackey is now an associate of Harness, Dickey & Pierce, 2801 Network Blvd., Ste. 600, Frisco 75034.

Dan Reed is now general counsel to GameStop, 625 Westport Pkwy., Grapevine 76051.

Robert W. Roll is now a partner in Hoge & Gameros, 6116 N. Central Expy., Ste. 1400, Dallas 75206.

Dan “Martin” Fergus III and Taylor R. Tomanka are now partners in Fergus & Tomanka, 500 Chestnut St., Ste. 1575, Abilene 79602.

Holly Clarke is now an attorney with Rose Walker, 3500 Maple Ave., Ste. 1200, Dallas 75219.

T. King Fifer, previously with the Dallas County Court at Law No. 2, is now a mediator with Burdin Mediations, 4514 Cole Ave., Ste. 1450, Dallas 75205.

Debra L. Witter is now a partner in Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter, 1700 Pacific Ave., Ste. 3700, Dallas 75201.


Casey Colleen Lee is now an associate of Tessmer Law Firm, 7800 I-10 West, Ste. 830, San Antonio 78230.

Elizabeth “Sissy” Preston has relocated Advantage Mediation to 2810 Oak Run Pkwy., Ste. 400-A, New Braunfels 78132.

Michael J. Ritter, of the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio, was appointed an at-large director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.


Jason C. Petty is now country counsel, Mexico, to Andeavor in Mexico City, Mexico.

Patrick S. Ottinger, of Ottinger Hebert in Lafayette, Louisiana, received the 2018 Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award from the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals from the American Inns of Court.TBJ

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