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David Hugin is now a partner in the Ryan Law Firm, Terrace I, 2600 Via Fortuna Dr., Ste. 150, Austin 78746.

Jamie M. Kerr is now a partner in Powers and Kerr, 8911 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. 2, Ste. 2105, Austin 78759.

Greg White is now of counsel to Gray Reed & McGraw, 900 Washington Ave., Ste. 800, Waco 76701.

Timothy L. “Tim” LaFrey is now of counsel to McGinnis Lochridge, 600 Congress Ave., Ste. 2100, Austin 78701.

Ryan T. Beard is now a partner in Akerman, 500 W. Second St., Ste. 1900, Austin 78701.

William “Bill” Rhea IV is now a managing partner in and Krista Hosmer and William T. Teten Jr. are now partners in DuBois Bryant & Campbell, 303 Colorado St., Ste. 2300, Austin 78701.

Calvin Cowan, of Sanderford & Carroll in Temple, is now certified in construction law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Amber Adams is now vice president and chief legal counsel to iA American Life Insurance Company and American-Amicable Group, 425 Austin Ave., Waco 76701.

Shaina Swanson is now an associate of Sanderford & Carroll, 2110 Birdcreek Dr., Temple 76502.

Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins was renamed Minton, Bassett, Flores & Carsey, 1100 Guadalupe St., Austin 78701.

Phillip G. Oldham now leads Thompson & Knight’s Austin office, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Ste. 1900, 78701.

Bill Torrey, the Milam County district attorney, was named 2019 District Attorney of the Year by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Amanda G. Taylor, of Butler Snow in Austin, received the Litigation/Appellate Attorney Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association.

D. Todd Smith, of the Smith Law Group in Austin, was named president of the Austin Bar Association.


Bart Turner, previously with Andrews Myers, is now a partner in K&L Gates, 1000 Main St., Ste. 2550, Houston 77002.

Scott D. Marrs, of Akerman in Houston, was appointed a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Raymond L. Panneton is now a senior associate of Daniel & Associates, 4801 Woodway Dr., Ste. 440-W, Houston 77056.

Cristopher Farrar is now a partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, JPMorgan Chase Tower, 600 Travis St., Ste. 4800, Houston 77002.

David R. Clonts and Kevin E. Cadwell, previously with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, are now partners in Kelley Drye & Warren, 515 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 900, Houston 77027.

Samantha-Anne Horwitch is now general counsel to and chief compliance officer of Citelum North America, 3801 Kirby Dr., Houston 77098.

Walter Umphrey, of the Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, was honored by the Texas Senate with Resolution No. 641.

Bryan K. Brown and Alfredo R. Ramos are now partners in Jones Day, 717 Texas St., Ste. 3300, Houston 77002.

Cindy Dinh, previously with Susman Godfrey, is now an associate of Mayer Brown, 700 Louisiana St., Ste. 3400, Houston 77002.

Rosemary B. Jackson, of the Law Office of Rosemary B. Jackson in Houston, is now certified in property owners association law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Jackson was also appointed to a three-year term on the TBLS Property Owners Association Exam Commission.

Franklin D.R. Jones, of Greenberg Traurig in Houston, was named co-chair of the firm’s National Public Finance Practice.

David B. Adler, a solo practitioner in Bellaire, received the Professionalism Award from the Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court.

Gordon Quan, of the Quan Law Group in Houston, received the Honorary Alumnus Award from the University of Houston Law Center.

A. Kevin Troutman, of Fisher & Phillips in Houston, is now co-leader of the firm’s Healthcare industry team.

James Kirk Tucker, previously with Mayer Brown, is now a partner in Jackson Walker, 1401 McKinney St., Ste. 1900, Houston 77010.

Sarah E. Cooper and Kelley Keller are now counsel to Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, Bank of America Center, 700 Louisiana St., Ste. 2300, Houston 77002.

Cornelius “Lee” Banta is now an associate of Peckar & Abramson, 3050 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 500, Houston 77056.

May Burkett is now an associate of KoonsFuller, 109 N. Post Oak Ln., Ste. 425, Houston 77024.

Benny Agosto Jr., of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston, was named president of the Houston Bar Association. Alexandra L. Forias-Sorrels is now of counsel to the firm.

Jeffery T. Nobles is now a partner in Husch Blackwell, 600 Travis St., Ste. 2350, Houston 77002.


Charles M. Hosch and Kathryne “Kate” M. Morris have launched Hosch & Morris, 3700 Marquette St., Dallas 75225.

Brian Memory is now a partner in and Caleb Rush is now an associate of Spencer Fane, 5700 Granite Pkwy., Ste. 650, Plano 75024. Brad D’Amico is now a partner in and Jonathan Aldaco is now an associate of the firm’s Dallas office, 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 4800 W., 75201.

Tom Leatherbury, of Vinson & Elkins in Dallas, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Joseph P. Regan, previously with K&L Gates, is now a partner in Jackson Walker, 777 Main St., Ste. 2100, Fort Worth 76102. James Carlos McFall is now an associate of the firm’s Dallas office, 2323 Ross Ave., Ste. 600, 75201.

Kurt W. Greve is now of counsel to Lathrop Gage, 2101 Cedar Springs Rd., Ste. 1400, Dallas 75201.

Nicole T. Herron is now an associate of FordHarrison, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 4450, Dallas 75201.

James E. McClain is now of counsel to Kelly Hart & Hallman, 201 Main St., Ste. 2500, Fort Worth 76102.

Christopher A. Espinosa and T. Glenn Ingram are now attorneys with Stacy | Conder | Allen, 901 Main St., Ste. 6200, Dallas 75202.

Lewis R. Sifford, of Sifford, Anderson & Co. in Dallas, was named Baylor Lawyer of the Year by Baylor Law School.

Elaine Flores and Alison Cross are now directors in and Kimberly Beight Kelly is now an associate of Phillips Murrah, 3710 Rawlins St., Ste. 1420, Dallas 75219.

Monica Narvaez is now a partner in Estes Thorne & Carr, 3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 2000, Dallas 75219.

Bruce S. Sostek now leads Thompson & Knight’s Dallas office, One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh St., Ste. 1500, 75201.

Benson Varghese, of Varghese Summersett in Fort Worth, received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.

Janice Davis and Robert Sheeder are now partners in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, 1717 Main St., Ste. 3200, Dallas 75201.

Michael Hupf is now an associate of Brackett & Ellis, 100 Main St., Fort Worth 76102.

Amanda L. Cottrell, previously with Stanton, is now a partner in Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, 2200 Ross Ave., 24th Fl., Dallas 75201.

I. Bobby Majumder, Brian C. Mitchell, Ryan J. Preston, Lynwood E. Reinhardt, Mark L. Johansen, Keith Aurzada, Michael P. Cooley, and Alfred G. Kyle are now partners in Reed Smith’s newly opened Dallas office, 2501 N. Harwood St., Ste. 1700, 75201. Bradley J. Purcell and Jay L. Krystinik are now counsel to the firm. Brooke C. Dorris, Katherine E. Geddes, Lindsey L. Robin, E. Steve Smith, Austin C. Whitmore, and Jared M. Wood are now associates of the firm.

Heather D. Bocell and Barton L. Ridley, both previously with Touchstone Bernays, have formed Bocell Ridley, 8350 N. Central Expy., Ste. 2000, Dallas 75206. Cali M. Franks is now an associate of the firm.

Stewart Shurtleff is now a partner in Peckar & Abramson, 8080 N. Central Expy., Ste. 1600, LB 65, Dallas 75206. Jackson Mabry is now an associate of the firm.

Sydnie A. Shimkus and Troy “T.J.” Hales are now associates of Bell Nunnally & Martin, 2323 Ross Ave., Ste. 1900, Dallas 75201.

Vickie L. Driver and Christina “Crissie” W. Stephenson are now attorneys with Crowe & Dunlevy, 1919 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100, Dallas 75201. Milan Markovic is now a legal industry analyst with the firm.

D. Wade Cloud Jr. is now a partner in Munck Wilson Mandala, 600 Banner Place Tower, 12770 Coit Rd., Dallas 75251.


Erica Giese, previously with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, is now senior counsel to Jackson Walker, 112 E. Pecan St., Ste. 2400, San Antonio 78205.

Mark Macias is now of counsel to Langley & Banack, 745 E. Mulberry Ave., Ste. 700, San Antonio 78212. Kristal C. Thomson, also with the firm, received a Standing Ovation Award from TexasBarCLE.

Matthew J. Badders and John H. Ferguson IV are now of counsel to Drought, Drought & Bobbitt, 112 E. Pecan St., Ste. 2900, San Antonio 78205.


Walker Crowson is now a partner in Snell & Wilmer, 400 E. Van Buren St., Ste. 1900, Phoenix, Arizona 85004.TBJ

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