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Becky Diffen is now a partner in and Sam Porter is now senior counsel to McGuireWoods, 816 Congress Ave., Ste. 940, Austin 78701.

Hailey L. Suggs is now an associate of Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, 401 Congress Ave., Ste. 2700, Austin 78701.

Charles “Skip” Watson, of Greenberg Traurig in Austin, received the Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics.

Rudy K. Metayer, of the city of Pflugerville and Chamberlain McHaney in Austin, received the Rising Leader Award from the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs. Scott Fraley and Manuel “Manny” Hernandez are now attorneys with Chamberlain McHaney, 301 Congress Ave., 21st Fl., Austin 78701.

Sara Hardner Leon is principal in the newly formed Sara Leon & Associates, 2901 Via Fortuna, Bldg. 6, Ste. 475, Austin 78746. Michelle Alcala, Mackenzie Walters, Michael Roseberry, and Casandra Johnson, all previously with Powell & Leon, are now attorneys with the firm. Miguel A. Huerta is now of counsel to the firm.

Jody L. Rudman is now a partner in and Mark B. Tobey is now senior counsel to Husch Blackwell, 111 Congress Ave., Ste. 1400, Austin 78701.

Edward F. Fernandes, previously with Hunton Andrews Kurth, is now a partner in King & Spalding, 500 W. Second St., Ste. 1800, Austin 78701.


James Huggler, of Tyler, was named president-elect of the National Conference of Bar Foundations.


Hans P. Graff, previously with the Houston Independent School District, is now an attorney with Sara Leon & Associates, 5847 San Felipe St., Ste. 1700, Houston 77057. Martye M. Kendrick is now of counsel to the firm.

Juliana C. Gaige is now an associate of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, 801 Travis St., Ste. 1800, Houston 77002.

Mark C. Rodriguez, previously with Vinson & Elkins, is now a partner in Beck Redden, 1221 McKinney St., Ste. 4500, Houston 77010.

William K. Grubb, previously with Vinson & Elkins, is now an associate of McGinnis Lochridge, 609 Main St., Ste. 2800, Houston 77002.

Jason Johns, previously with Jackson Walker, is now a shareholder in Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, 11 Greenway Plaza, Ste. 1400, Houston 77046.

Jason Medley is now a member in, Anne Marie Laney Hill and M. Edward Burdzinski are now senior counsel to, Michael Landrum is now of counsel to, and Trevor A. Hall is now a senior attorney with Clark Hill Strasburger, 909 Fannin St., Ste. 2300, Houston 77010.

Elizabeth Ray, a solo practitioner in Houston, was accepted into the College of Commercial Arbitrators and was also appointed a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Kenneth J. Milne is now a senior attorney with and Timothy R. Cook is now an associate of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, JPMorgan Chase Tower, 600 Travis St., Ste. 4800, Houston 77002.

Dinesh Singhal, of the Singhal Law Firm in Houston, received a presidential citation from State Bar of Texas Immediate Past President Joe K. Longley.

Matthew W. Bourda is now an associate of Winstead, 600 Travis St., Ste. 5200, Houston 77002.

Allegra S. Melton is now an associate of West Mermis, 1301 McKinney St., Ste. 3120, Houston 77010.

McGinnis Lochridge relocated its Houston office to 609 Main St., Ste. 2800, 77002.

Liskow & Lewis, which has an office in Houston, received the Law Firm Diversity Award from Chevron Law Function.

Julia M. Peebles, previously with McDowell Hetherington, and Andrew “Drew” P. Barber, previously with Fiddler & Associates, are now associates of Scott Patton, 5301 Katy Fwy., Ste. 201, Houston 77007.

Harry Gee Jr., limited partner of the Houston Texans, and Lynden Rose, honorary consul of the Bahamas, received Arrival Awards from the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic.

Gwendolyn Simpson is the founding attorney of the newly established G. Simpson Law, 2219 Sawdust Rd., Ste. 1701, The Woodlands 77380.

Sherry Hill Rodriguez is now development director of Texans Can Academies, 3401 Hardy St., Houston 77009.

Christian Dewhurst is now an associate of Gray Reed & McGraw, 1300 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 2000, Houston 77056.

Jacquelyn Meng Abbott, previously with Exxon Mobil Corporation, is now of counsel to Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, 909 Fannin St., Ste. 2700, Houston 77010.

Thomas Charles “TC” Turner Jr. is now a partner in Kean Miller, Pennzoil South Tower, 711 Louisiana St., Ste. 1900, Houston 77002.

William Ferebee, Catherine Funkhouser, Michael P. Jensen, Michael O’Donnell, and Kirk Wilson are now of counsel to Steptoe & Johnson, 10001 Woodloch Forest Dr., Ste. 300, The Woodlands 77380.



Doug Bracken is now director of Kane Russell Coleman Logan, 901 Main St., Ste. 5200, Dallas 75202.

Elisa C. Fox is now head of the Real Estate and Construction Section of Sumner Schick, 3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 600, Dallas 75219.

Laura Benitez Geisler, of Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler in Dallas, served as honorary chair of the Legal Hospice of Texas Denim & Diamonds event.

Robert B. Smith, Steven R. Smith, and Sean M. Whyte are now members in Frost Brown Todd, 100 Crescent Ct., Ste. 350, Dallas 75201.

Elizabeth Lang-Miers, of Locke Lord in Dallas, was elected chair of the American Bar Association Judicial Division.

Jason Cook is now managing partner in McGuireWoods, 2000 McKinney Ave., Ste. 1400, Dallas 75201. Patrick Knapp, previously with Robert Anderson Law, is now a partner in the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices.

Eric Johnson was elected mayor of Dallas, and is now a partner in Locke Lord, 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 2800, Dallas 75201.

Bob Allen, of the Allen Law Group in Dallas, was elected to a three-year term on the American College of Coverage Counsel Board of Regents.

Ellen R. Dickerson, previously with the Beal Law Firm, and Carlton D. Alexander, previously with the Hardy Law Group, are now associate attorneys with Seltzer & Dally, 6777 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ste. 340, Fort Worth 76116.

Brian M. King, previously with the Texas House of Representatives, is now assistant attorney general with the Office of the Texas Attorney General, 12221 Merit Dr., Ste. 650, Dallas 75251.

Neil J. Orleans, of Ross and Smith in Dallas, was re-elected vice president of finance, treasurer, and member of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra Executive Committee.

Connor J. Moore, previously with Wyde & Associates, is now an associate of Touchstone Bernays, 1717 Main St., Ste. 3400, Dallas 75201.

Stephen Liu, previously with Carstens and Cahoon, is now senior counsel to and Stacy Grace is now an associate of Munck Wilson Mandala, 600 Banner Place Tower, 12770 Coit Rd., Dallas 75251.

Michaela C. Crocker is now of counsel to Jones Day, 2727 N. Harwood St., Ste. 500, Dallas 75201.

Peter Idziak is now an associate of Polunsky Beitel Green, 100 Crescent Ct., Ste. 1750, Dallas 75201.

Anthony Magee has launched Magee Legal, 5050 Quorum Dr., Ste. 700, Dallas 75254.

Shawn Cleveland, previously with Winston & Strawn, is now a partner in BakerHostetler, based in Dallas.

Lawrence “Larry” McNamara is now a partner in FordHarrison in Dallas, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 4450, 75201.

Allen J. Dickey, of Polsinelli in Dallas, was named to the Strafford Publications Real Estate Law Webinar Advisory Board.

Nathan White, of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas, was named to the 2019 Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Leadership Class.

William Carl Moore Jr. is now managing director of SierraConstellation Partners in Dallas.

Morgan McPheeters, previously with Durham, Pittard & Spalding, is now managing attorney with McPheeters Law in Dallas.


E. Scott Frost, previously with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, is now a partner in Richards, Elder & Gibson, 12223 S. Quaker Ave., Lubbock 79424.


Andrea Geohegan, previously with Wright Close & Barger, is now an associate of Santoyo Wehmeyer, 12400 San Pedro Ave., Ste. 300, San Antonio 78216.

Tanya Feinleib and Allen DeBard are now shareholders in Langley & Banack, 745 E. Mulberry Ave., Ste. 700, San Antonio 78212.

Jamie Mathis, of San Antonio, was appointed associate municipal judge of the city of Von Ormy.

Bruce E. Anderson is now a shareholder in and Ryan S. McDaniel is now an associate of Plunkett, Griesenbeck & Mimari, 1635 NE Loop 410, Ste. 900, San Antonio 78209.

Allan K. DuBois, a San Antonio-based solo practitioner, received the Community Champion Award from the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness.

John J. Janssen is now an attorney with Sara Leon & Associates, N. Shoreline Blvd., Ste. 1000, South Tower, Corpus Christi 78401.


Natasha Brooks is now city attorney of Odessa, 411 W. Eighth St., Odessa 79761.


Michael W. Drumke, of Swanson, Martin & Bell in Chicago, Illinois, was elected to the American Bar Association Board of Governors.

Whit Campbell is now an attorney adviser with U.S. Army Recruiting Command, 1307 Third Ave., Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121.

Dallas-based Vincent Serafino Geary Waddell Jenevein opened a new office, 823 Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 240, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101.

Amb. Antonio Garza, of White & Case in Mexico City, Mexico, is now a member of the Texas Tribune Board of Directors.

Samantha Kherkher Ernst, previously with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, is now a supply chain attorney with Foulston Siefkin, 1551 N. Waterfront Pkwy., Ste. 100, Wichita, Kansas 67206.

Mark L. Walters, previously with Jackson Walker, is now a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Defense Section, 150 M St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.TBJ

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