Movers and Shakers is a selection of Texas attorneys who have been promoted within a firm, transferred to a new firm, established new practices, or achieved exemplary professional accomplishments. If you have a listing for Movers and Shakers, please submit an online form at texasbar.com/submissions; send an email to email@example.com; or mail it to Texas Bar Journal, P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711-2487. CENTRAL Sue M. Lee, most recently with Henslee Schwartz, is now with the Petras Law Firm, 1504 San Antonio St., Austin 78701. Sujata Ajmera was promoted to of counsel at Jackson Lewis, 816 Congress Ave., Ste. 1530, Austin 78701. Rachael Padgett, Nick Laurent, and Eric Johnston are now partners in McGinnis Lochridge, 600 Congress Ave., Ste. 2100, Austin 78701. Ian McNeill, previously with the Kilburn Law Firm, is now an associate of the firm. Lee & Hayes has relocated to 11501 Alterra Pkwy., Ste. 450, Austin 78758. Ches Blevins, previously with Jackson Walker, is now executive director of and general counsel to the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association, 100 Congress Ave., Ste. 1100, Austin 78701. John Saba has been promoted to partner in DiNovo Price Ellwanger & Hardy, 7000 N. MoPac Expy., Ste. 350, Austin 78731. Steve Bosky, previously with the Texas Department of Insurance, is now an associate of Buchanan DiMasi Dancy & Grabouski, 9600 Great Hills Trl., Ste. 300 W, Austin 78759. Tammy Ward Woffenden has been promoted to partner in Locke Lord Edwards, 600 Congress Ave., Ste. 2200, Austin 78701. Kevin Terrazas and Tim Cleveland have been promoted to partners in Weisbart Springer Hayes, 212 Lavaca St., Ste. 200, Austin 78701. EAST Brandon Eckhart is now the owner of Eckhart Law Firm, 4500 Summerhill Rd., Texarkana 75503. GULF Matthew B. McLeod is now a partner in Shrader & Associates, 3900 Essex Ln., Ste. 390, Houston 77027. Stephanie C. Hildebrandt, previously with Enterprise Products Partners, is now a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright, 1301 McKinney Ave., Ste. 5100, Houston 77010. Drew Baldinger, previously with South Louisiana Methanol, is now a partner in Andrews Kurth, 600 Travis St., Ste. 4200, Houston 77002. Derek José Anchondo and Adam Massey have been elected partners in Adams and Reese, 1221 McKinney Ave., Ste. 4400, Houston 77010. Alton J. Hall Jr., previously with Cozen O’Connor, is now special counsel to the firm. Sam K. Mukerji and Jonathan E. Bleyer, previously with Nielsen & Mukerji, are now with Mukerji Law Firm, 2405 Smith St., Houston 77006. Armando Gonzalez, an associate of Greenberg Traurig in Houston, is now certified in oil, gas, and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Marcus W. Deitz, previously with Norton Rose Fulbright, is now a partner in McGuireWoods, 600 Travis St., Ste. 7500, Houston 77002. Eric K. Gerard is now an associate of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, 800 Commerce St., Houston 77002. Brian Abramson, previously with the Lanier Law Firm, is now an attorney at Williams Kherkher, 8441 Gulf Fwy., Ste. 600, Houston 77017. Brandon F. Renken and J. Michael Rose have been promoted to partners in Locke Lord Edwards, 600 Travis St., Ste. 2800, Houston 77002. Roy V. Richter, previously with Cantera Energy, is now an associate of Winstead, 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 500, the Woodlands 77380. Marni Zarin, previously with Locke Lord Edwards, is now a shareholder in Winstead, 600 Travis St., Ste. 1100, Houston 77002. Craig D. Dillard, previously with BoyarMiller, is now a partner in Gardere Wynne Sewell, 1000 Louisiana St., Ste. 3400, Houston 77002. Nina Bianchi Skinner, previously with Nathan Sommers Jacobs, is now a shareholder in Liskow & Lewis, 1001 Fannin St., Ste. 1800, Houston 77002. Arthur M. Nathan, previously with Haynes and Boone, is now a partner in Jones Day, 717 Texas Ave., Ste. 3300, Houston 77002. Brad Irelan and Tim McDaniel have formed Irelan McDaniel, 440 Louisiana St., Ste. 1800, Houston 77002. Ross Kennedy, previously with Thompson & Tredennick, is now general counsel to and chief compliance officer of PreCash Inc., 5120 Woodway Dr., Ste. 6001, Houston 77056. Ian R. Goldberg, Margaret V. Glass, and Dallas V. Cook are now associates of Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse, 1177 W. Loop South, Ste. 750, Houston 77027. Kelsey R. Giltner is now an associate of Farner & Perrin, 2801 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 260, Houston 77056. She also will spend time at the firm’s office in the Woodlands. Sandy Hellums-Gomez and John Hopkins have been promoted to partners in Thompson & Horton, 3200 Southwest Fwy., Ste. 2000, Houston 77027. Ryan Fowler, an associate of the Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm in Houston, is now certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. NORTH David L. Pratt II, previously of Decker Jones, has formed and is the managing shareholder in DL Pratt, 412 Old Annetta Rd., No. 1299, Aledo 76008. Ben Taylor, previously with Fulbright & Jaworski, is now an attorney with Ted B. Lyon & Associates, 18601 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 525, Mesquite 75150. Debra L. Witter, previously with the Witter Law Firm, and Chris Wilmoth are now partners in Farrow-Gillespie & Heath, 1700 Pacific Ave., Ste. 3700, Dallas 75201. Scott Chase is now of counsel to the firm. Patricia Z. Jones, previously with Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, is now an associate of Fox Rothschild, 5420 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 1200, Dallas 75240. Brandon M. Hill, Darren J. Keyes, Evan M. Malloy, Richard T. McMillan II, Derek L. Montgomery, and Jody S. Sanders have been elected partners in Kelly Hart & Hallman, 201 Main St., Ste. 2500, Fort Worth 76102. Jessica Straley, previously of Hogan Lovells, is now an associate of Winstead, 2728 N. Harwood St., Dallas 75201. Holly Friedman Biederman is now a partner in Duffee & Eitzen, 4311 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 600, Dallas 75219. Joshua Northam, previously of Blume, Faulkner & Skeen, is now a partner in Shackelford, Melton, McKinley & Norton, 3333 Lee Pkwy., 10th Fl., Dallas 75219. Benjamin Sparks, previously with Ernst & Young, is now of counsel to the firm. Edward L. Vishnevetsky, previously of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, is now of counsel to K&L Gates, 1717 Main St., Ste. 2800, Dallas 75201. Rafael A. Colorado Ferrer has been promoted to partner in Perkins Coie, 500 N. Akard St., Ste. 3300, Dallas 75201. Heath Cheek has been elected partner in Bell Nunnally, 3232 McKinney Ave., Ste. 1400, Dallas 75204. Leland de la Garza, previously with Shackelford, Melton, McKinley & Norton, and Julie A. Smith are now shareholders in Hallett & Perrin, 1445 Ross Ave., Ste. 2400, Dallas 75202. Matthew S. Beard has been named partner in Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, 901 Main St., Ste. 3700, Dallas 75202. Sally A. Longroy has been promoted to shareholder in Guida, Slavich & Flores, 750 N. Saint Paul St., Ste. 200, Dallas 75201. Casey L. Moore, previously with Norton Rose Fulbright, is now a senior associate of DLA Piper, 1717 Main St., Ste. 4600, Dallas 75201. Karl Dial is now a managing partner in the firm. Tawana Hayden Gray, previously with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, is now owner of the Law Office of Tawana H. Gray, 2007 E. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 200, Arlington 76006. R. Scott Moran, previously with Burford & Ryburn, is now a founding partner with Baker Moran Doggett Ma & Dobbs, 1400 Preston Rd., Ste. 350, Plano 75093. Jordan A. Miller is now a senior associate with the firm. Norman R. Miller, previously with Winstead, is now a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 5200, Dallas 75201 and 1000 Louisiana St., Ste. 1700, Houston 77002. Glenn Janik, previously with the Janik Law Firm, and Daniel D. Bohmer, previously of the Bohmer Law Firm, are now founding partners in Janik Bohmer, 4925 Greenville Ave., Ste. 200, Dallas 75206. Leo J. Jordan and Lisa Songy, previously with Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, are now of counsel to Tollefson Bradley Mitchell & Melendi, 2811 McKinney Ave., Ste. 250, Dallas 75204. Chris Klemme is now senior vice president and senior trust officer at Happy State Bank and Trust Co., 16633 N. Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 350, Addison 75001. Matthew C. Blackstock, previously with Athlon Holdings, is now a land manager at Ecana Services Company, 420 Throckmorton St., Ste. 1200, Fort Worth 76102. Michael D. Emerson, Angelique Lehmann Waddell, and Paul W. Smith have been elected partners in Holland & Knight, 200 Crescent Ct., Ste. 1600, Dallas 75201. PANHANDLE Robert E. Bazemore Jr. is now a senior associate of Nathan Ziegler & Associates, 12002 Trafalgar Ave., Ste. 202, Lubbock 79424. Joby J. Mills is now head of the trust department at Happy State Bank and Trust Co., 701 S. Taylor St., Amarillo 79101. Zachary Brady, a partner in Brady & Hamilton in Lubbock, was selected to serve as a director of the Texas Lyceum. SOUTH CENTRAL Jahannah Lemay Augsburger is now a shareholder in Kohm & Associates, 112 E. Pecan St., Ste. 2810, San Antonio 78205. Alejandro Sostre-Odio has been named partner in Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett & Burton, 4040 Broadway St., Ste. 430, San Antonio 78209. Jeffrey A. Webb has been promoted to partner in Norton Rose Fulbright, 300 Convent St., Ste. 2100, San Antonio 78205. WEST Geoffrey A. Borschow, previously with Guerra & Farah, is now an associate of the Law Office of Guerra & Farah, 1231 E. Missouri Ave., El Paso 79902. Anelisa Benavides and Bradley Bartlett are now associates of Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, 100 N. Stanton, 10th Fl., Ste. 1000, El Paso 79901. Cory McDowell, previously with Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, is now of counsel to Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder, 550 W. Texas Ave., Ste. 800, Midland 79701. OUT OF STATE Matt Chester, previously with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana, is now of counsel to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, 201 Saint Charles Ave., Ste. 3600, New Orleans, Louisiana 70170. Santiago “Jimmy” Alaniz, previously with Fisher & Phillips, is now chief legal officer for Packers Sanitation Services Inc., 3681 Prism Ln., Kieler, Wisconsin 53812. Sean Evans is now a partner in Friday, Eldredge & Clark, 600 S. 52nd St., Ste. 200, Rogers, Arkansas 72758. David Curcio, previously with Jackson Walker, is now a director and senior counsel to the law department of Discover Financial Services, 2500 Lake Cook Rd., Riverwoods, Illinois 60015. Suzanne Kleinsmith Saganich is now a partner at FisherBroyles, 600 Superior Ave. East, Ste. 1300, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. Lawrence M. Wells is now a shareholder in Montgomery & Andrews, 2155 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Ste. 10300, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110.
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