Laurels is a selection of exemplary professional accomplishments by Texas attorneys. To submit a listing to be considered for Laurels, please use the online form at texasbar.com/submissions. Stacey L. Barnes, partner in Lewis & Barnes in Houston, was appointed to the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution Arbitration. Susan Jeffus, vice president and associate general counsel to Money- Gram International in Dallas, was an International Law Office (in association with the Association of Corporate Counsel) Global Counsel Awards 2014 finalist. F. Scott McCown, clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Law, was appointed a public member of the Protect Our Kids Commission by Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. Michael J. Wynne, partner in Mc- Dermott Will & Emery in Houston, and Oscar Ponce, assistant U.S. attorney in Brownsville, both received an Outstanding Service Award from the Cameron County Bar Association. Luis V. Saenz, Cameron County district attorney, received the Paula Waddle Distinguished Service Award from the Cameron County Bar Association and a Diamond Hero Leadership Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Faye Kuo, chief legal officer of Communication Service for the Deaf, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Jonathan Bridges, partner in Susman Godfrey in Dallas, had a brief published in the third edition of The Winning Brief by Bryan A. Garner. Rebecca Preston was named chief medical officer of Sendero Health Plans. Tamera H. Bennett, owner of the Bennett Law Office in Lewisville, was elected to a second term as secretary of the Texas chapter of the Recording Academy. Diane M. Guariglia, senior partner in Guariglia & Placzek in Houston, was appointed a member of the Collaborative Council of the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families by Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva M. Guzman. Joshua P. Searcy, partner in Searcy & Searcy in Longview, received the Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Achievement Award from the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section. Richard L. Spencer, partner in Dow Golub Remels & Beverly, received the Weatherbie Workhorse Award from the State Bar of Texas. Katherine A. Kinser, partner in Kinser & Bates in Dallas, received the 2014 Sam Emison Award from the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. Michael E. Clark, special counsel to Duane Morris in Houston, was named chair of the American Bar Association Health Law Section. Jordan Mullins, associate of McGinnis Lochridge in Austin, was elected to the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas. Harry L. Tindall, founding shareholder in Tindall & England in Houston, received the Gay G. Cox Collaborative Law Award during the State Bar of Texas 2014 Advanced Family Law Course. Kevin J. White, partner in Hunton & Williams in Houston and the District of Columbia, received a 2014 Distinguished Legal Writing Award from the Burton Foundation. Courtney S. Marcus, partner in the banking and finance practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas, was named a 2014 Most Powerful and Influential Woman by the Texas Diversity Council. David Carlock, founding partner in Carlock Gormley Hight in Dallas, received the Ken Fuller Pro Bono Award from the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Mandy Price, corporate associate for Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas, received the 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. Peter A. Lodwick, partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group in Thompson & Knight’s Dallas office, was selected to serve as Southern Methodist University’s Alumni Board chair-elect for 2014. Barbara Ellis, of counsel to Locke Lord in Austin, received the 2014 Pro Bono Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association. Ann Ryan Robertson, international partner in the Houston office of Locke Lord, was elected to the board of directors of the American Arbitration Association. Michael D. Wysocki, partner in Orsinger Nelson Downing & Anderson in Dallas, received the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award from the University of Texas at Tyler Alumni Association. Richard Orsinger, name partner in Orsinger Nelson Downing & Anderson in Dallas, received the 2013 Franklin Jones Best CLE Article Award from the College of the State Bar of Texas. Denis Braham, shareholder and chairman emeritus of Winstead in Houston, was elected chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Patrick E. Gaas, director of the construction/surety section at Coats Rose in Houston, was selected as a member of the Litigation Counsel of America Advisory Board. Michael K. Hurst, name partner in Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank in Dallas, received the 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Cynthia Bast, partner in Locke Lord in Austin, received the Jean W. MacDonald Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers. Brandy Bailey, prosecutor in the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Unit, received a 2014 American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Child Advocacy Award. Laura Sharp, of the Sharp Firm in Austin, and Alton C. Todd, of the Law Firm of Alton C. Todd in Friendswood, were appointed as members of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Board of Directors. R. Hal Moorman, of Moorman Tate Haley Upchurch & Yates in Brenham, was appointed chair of the board. L. Clifford Davis, of counsel to Johnson, Vaughn & Heiskell in Fort Worth, received the Blackstone Award from the Tarrant County Bar Association. Mo Aziz, partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston, was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and admitted into the Houston chapter of the organization. Matthew Matheny, non-equity partner in Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, was named to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. Patrick J. Maher, partner and head of the labor & employment group in Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller in Fort Worth, was elected to a threeyear term as a section representative to the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas.
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