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Ethan L. Shaw, of Shaw Cowart in Austin, was named one of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Stewart Mesher, Darlene Ghavimi, and Henry Pogorzelski are now partners in K&L Gates, 2801 Via Fortuna, Ste. 350, Austin 78746.

Thomas L. Ausley, of GoransonBain Ausley in Austin, received an Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation.

Griselda Ponce, of the Ponce Law Firm in Austin, was named a 10 Best Legal Counsel for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.

Steve McConnico, of Scott Douglass & McConnico in Austin, was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by TEX-ABOTA.

Kevin Henrichson, of Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson in Austin, was named one of 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Tiffany Leal, previously with the Comal County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, is now senior counsel to the Chapman Firm, 3410 Far West Blvd., Ste. 210, Austin 78731.

Laura Bellegie Sharp, of the Sharp Firm in Austin, was elected to the American Bar Association Board of Governors District 8.

Maggie Murphy, of Jackson Lewis in Austin, was elected to the American Immigration Lawyers Association Board of Governors.


Jonathan R. Spivey is now a shareholder in Polsinelli, 1000 Louisiana St., Ste. 6400, Houston 77002.

Tiye Foley, of Exxon Mobil Corporation in Houston, received an On the Rise—Top 40 Young Lawyers Award from the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Michael E. Clark, previously with the Office of the U.S. Attorney General, is now of counsel to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, 1301 McKinney St., Ste. 3700, Houston 77010. Daniel Sternthal, also with the firm, is now chair of the Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Jon C. Vicklund, previously with Winstead, is now counsel to K&L Gates, 1000 Main St., Ste. 2550, Houston 77002.

George Humphrey, previously with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, is now a partner in Thompson & Knight, 811 Main St., Ste. 2500, Houston 77002.

Christina Vitale, previously with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, is now a partner in Reed Smith, 811 Main St., Ste. 1700, Houston 77002.

Tara Afrakhteh Milliff is now an associate litigation attorney with the Midani Law Firm, 1616 S. Voss Rd., Ste. 450, Houston 77057.

Diana Pérez Gomez, of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry in Houston, was selected to serve as the Texas Bar Foundation District 4 nominating chair.

Melissa Mihalick, previously with Bracewell, is now counsel to Thompson & Horton, 3200 SW Fwy., Ste. 2000, Houston 77027. Amanda Wismans, previously with Monty & Ramirez; Stephen Villarreal, previously with J. Cruz & Associates; and Elizabeth Humphrey, previously with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, are now associates of the firm.

Terry Cody is now managing attorney of the St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, 2707 N. Loop W., Ste. 300, Houston 77008. Monika Graham, Felipe Jimenez, and Erika Sanabria are now staff attorneys in the center’s Unaccompanied Children’s Program.

James A. Reeder Jr., previously with Vinson & Elkins, is now a partner in Jones Day, 717 Texas Ave., Ste. 3300, Houston 77002.

Angela Pence England, of Tindall England in Houston, received the David A. Gibson Award from the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists.

Spencer Fane has absorbed in its Houston office attorneys from Zimmerman, Axelrad, Stern & Wise, including Carmellia Boyer, David Brininger, Rachel Hershkowitz Hopson, Albert Hiller, C. Birk Hutchens, Jeff Lin, William Morfey, Brian Poldrack, Nicholas Reisch, Neil Rosenstein, Gulmina Shah, Kasey Shivers, Irving Stern, Jon Tankersley, Jennifer S. Wilson, Mark E. Wise, Hon. Alvin Zimmerman, Brian Zimmerman, and Gary Zimmerman.

Melanie Bragg, of Bragg Law in Houston, was elected to the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.

Michael W. McCoy is now senior counsel to Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, 801 Travis St., Ste. 1800, Houston 77002.


John Bosco is now a partner in Bailey Brauer, Campbell Centre I, 8350 N. Central Expy., Ste. 650, Dallas 75206.

Preston Osborn, Malissa Patel, and Davinder Jassal are now associates of Henry, Oddo, Austin & Fletcher, 1700 Pacific Ave., Ste. 2700, Dallas 75201.

Lauren J. Wright is now an associate of Wright & Associates, 3900 S. Stonebridge Dr., Ste. 204, McKinney 75070.

Bryan Shores is now a partner in and Grant Chumlea is now of counsel to Hamilton & Squibb, 8150 N. Central Expy., 10th Fl., Dallas 75206. John Doumany is now of counsel to and Amanda Hale and Garrett Bradshaw are now associates of the firm’s newly opened Fort Worth office, 3301 Hamilton Ave., Ste. 123, 76107.

Gene R. Besen is now a partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, 4400 Renaissance Tower, 1201 Elm St., Dallas 75270.

Natalie Smeltzer Fortenberry, previously with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and Michelle Schulz are now shareholders in Polsinelli, 2950 N. Harwood St., Ste. 2100, Dallas 75201. Luis Arandia Jr. and Randa Barton are now associates of the firm.

Erin Choi is now an associate of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, 200 Crescent Ct., Ste. 300, Dallas 75201.

D. “Bo” Bowen Berry and Gary Lykins are now attorneys with SettlePou, 3333 Lee Pkwy., 8th Fl., Dallas 75219. J. Allen Smith, also with firm, was named to the Out of Home Advertising Association of America Hall of Fame.

Joe Unis, of Locke Lord in Dallas, was selected for the second Leadership Class of the Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law.

Jeffrey B. Lane, of the Lane Law Firm in Cedar Hill, was elected president of the Well Community Board of Directors.

Jarrett Reed, previously with Norton Rose Fulbright, is now a partner in Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, 2200 Ross Ave., 24th Fl., Dallas 75201.

Christopher A. Davis, previously with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is now a partner in Gray Reed & McGraw, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 4600, Dallas 75201.

Mark E. Bennett, of Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner in Dallas, was appointed independent director of Legacy Housing Corporation.

Michael D. Cuda is now a partner in K&L Gates, 1717 Main St., Ste. 2800, Dallas 75201.

Sarah Flournoy is now an attorney with Brackett & Ellis, 100 Main St., Fort Worth 76102.

Ashley White, Leah Tucker, and Josh Fuller are now associates of Thompson & Horton, 500 N. Akard St., Ste. 3150, Dallas 75201.

J. Nathaniel James is now an attorney with Harris, Finley & Bogle, 777 Main St., Ste. 1800, Fort Worth 76102.

Kenneth C. Raney Jr., of Richardson, was elected to the Texas Historical Foundation Board of Directors.

Craig Douglass is now a partner in and Sheri Higgins is now an attorney with Munck Wilson Mandala, 600 Banner Place Tower, 12770 Coit Rd., Dallas 75251.

F. John Podvin Jr., of Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson in Dallas, was selected to serve on the Banking and Insurance stakeholder group of the Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan.

Munsch Hardt has formed the Restaurant Practice Group with leadership based in the firm’s Dallas office, 500 N. Akard St., Ste. 3800, 75201.

Regan Donnenfield is now an associate of KoonsFuller, 320 W. Eagle Dr., Ste. 200, Denton 76201.



George H. Spencer Jr. and James A. Hoffman are now of counsel to Langley & Banack, 745 E. Mulberry Ave., Ste. 700, San Antonio 78212.

Michael Ritter, of the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio, and Ryan V. Cox, of the Texas Civil Rights Project in San Antonio, received On the Rise—Top 40 Young Lawyers Awards from the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Murray H. Van Eman, previously with Axiom Law Global, is now senior counsel to Circle K Stores, 19500 Bulverde Rd., Ste. 100, San Antonio 78259.

Charles “Trey” Lewis III, previously with GEICO, is now an associate of Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, 8200 I-10 W., Ste. 320, San Antonio 78230.

Jon Daubert, previously with Frost Bank, is now senior vice president and a trust officer with Argent Trust Company, 755 E. Mulberry, Ste. 400, San Antonio 78212.

Soledad M. Valenciano, of Spivey Valenciano in San Antonio, was elected president of and Melodee L. Gruber, of the Gruber Law Firm in Hondo, was elected president-elect of the San Antonio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Ruben G. Herrera is now executive vice president of marketing and public relations at Thomas J. Henry, 5711 University Heights Blvd., Ste. 101, San Antonio 78249.

Brian C. Hamilton, previously with the Zachry Group, is now chief operating officer of the American Roofing & Metal Co., 801 Wyoming St., San Antonio 78203.


Travis Ray Lindsey is now general counsel to the Stone Group of Companies, 2800 E. Main Ave., Spokane, Washington 99220.

Lisa A. Dreishmire is now counsel to Seyfarth Shaw, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 8000, Chicago, Illinois 60606. TBJ

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