For more information on Movers and Shakers or to submit a listing, go to texasbar.com/moversandshakers or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CENTRAL Darrell D. Davila, previously with the Office of the Governor, is now general counsel to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Texas State Capitol, P.O. Box 12068, Austin 78711. Peyton Noble Smith is now a partner in Reed & Scardino, 301 Congress Ave., Ste. 1250, Austin 78701. Christopher Atwell, previously with Kasling, Hemphill, Dolezal & Atwell, is now a partner in O’Toole Atwell, 504 Lavaca St., Ste. 945, Austin 78701. Leila Melhem is now an associate of Winstead, 401 Congress Ave., Ste. 2100, Austin 78701. Ray Thomas, previously with the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office, now owns Ray Thomas, Attorney at Law, 308 N. Washington Ave., Bryan 77803. Steven Tyler, previously with Wells Fargo, is now a senior trust officer at American Bank, 600 Congress Ave., Ste. 1850, Austin 78701. Kimberly A. Tesarek, previously with Andrews Kurth, is now an associate of Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, 401 Congress Ave., Ste. 2200, Austin 78701. Barry Smitherman, previously with the Railroad Commission of Texas, is now a partner in Vinson & Elkins, 2801 Via Fortuna, Ste. 100, Austin 78746. Tom Cipolla, shareholder in and president of Thomas A. Cipolla in Austin, has been elected chair of the Southwest/Rockies Region of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Karolyn Knaack, an attorney with Karolyn A. Knaack in Austin, received a Professional Partnering Recognition Award from TyRex Group. Tom Normand and Mindi Bozeman Zanowiak, previously solo attorneys, have established Normand Bozeman Zanowiak, 18 S. Main St., Ste. 601, Temple 76501. EAST Paul A. Hable, previously with the Johnson and Somervell County District Attorney’s offices, is now an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Texas, 415 S. First St., Ste. 201, Lufkin 75901. GULF Timothy J. McCoy, previously with the Law Office of Timothy J. McCoy, is now judge of Nueces County Court at Law No. 5, 2310 Gollihar Rd., Corpus Christi 78415. Vanessa S. Luna Hammer, previously with Rosenfeld Hafron Shapiro & Farmer, is now an associate of Myres & Associates, One Greenway Plz., Ste. 450, Houston 77046. Vasilia M. Wilkes, previously with Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, is now a senior attorney at Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons, One Riverway, Ste. 1400, Houston 77056. Jessie D. Herrera Jr. has been promoted to partner in Patterson & Sheridan, 24 Greenway Plz., Ste. 1600, Houston 77046. Dane Ball and Shaun Clarke, previously with Quinn Emanuel, and Jarod Stewart are now partners in Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, 700 Louisiana St., Ste. 2300, Houston 77002. Frederick J. Wagner, mediator and attorney with the Law Office of Frederick J. Wagner in Houston, received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Dispute Resolution Center from the Houston Bar Foundation. Rebecca Moore has been promoted to shareholder in Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, 815Walker St., Ste. 1447, Houston 77002. Jay T. Huffman, previously with Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, is now an associate of Blank Rome, 700 Louisiana St., Ste. 4000, Houston 77002. Keith Jaasma has been elected managing principal in Ewing & Jones, 6363 Woodway Dr., Ste. 1000, Houston 77057. John Hopkins and Sandy Hellums- Gomez have been elected partners at Thompson & Horton, 3200 Southwest Fwy., Ste. 2000, Houston 77027. Bryan A. Phillips and Perrin W. Clark are now partners in Ytterberg Deery Knull, 3555 Timmons Ln., Ste. 1000, Houston 77027. Thomas W. Ryan is now senior vice president of corporate affairs at Total E&P USA Inc., 1201 Louisiana St., Ste. 1800, Houston 77002. Tracy Freeman, previously of Blank Rome, is now a partner in Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, 24 Greenway Plz., Ste. 1400, Houston 77046. Todd Lowther has been elected partner in Thompson & Knight, 333 Clay St., Ste. 3300, Houston 77002. Mallory J. Craig is now an associate of Coats Rose, 9 Greenway Plz., Ste. 1100, Houston 77046. B. Lynn Tillman and Paul Anderson have formed the law firm of Anderson & Tillman, 2450 Louisiana St., Ste. 400, Houston 77006. Leena Joseph is now an associate of the Law Office of Richard J. Presutti, 525 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E, Ste. 255, Houston 77060. NORTH Timothy A. Menikos, judge of the 323rd District Court in Fort Worth, received the 2015 Judge Scott Moore Award from CASA of Tarrant County. Floyd R. Hartley Jr., previously with Godwin Lewis, is now a partner in Allred Daniel & Wilcox, 675 Town Square Blvd., Ste. 200, Garland 75040. Mark Hill, previously of Cowles & Thompson, is now a partner in Scheef & Stone, 2600 Network Blvd., Ste. 400, Frisco 75034. Craig M. Fowler, previously with Hammerle, Finley & Scroggins, is now an attorney with Holmes, Diggs & Eames, 1517 Centre Place Dr., Ste. 300, Denton 76205. Dena Weaver, previously with Jones Day, is now an associate in the Weaver Law Firm, 1521 N. Cooper St., Ste. 710, Arlington 76011. Bridget Moreno Lopez, managing partner in Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson in Dallas, was appointed to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board of Directors by the Dallas City Council. Robin Bechtold is now an associate of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, 2100 Ross Ave., Ste. 2000, Dallas 75201. Ron C. McCallum, previously with Ted B. Lyon & Associates, is now an associate of Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, 3232 McKinney Ave., Ste. 610, Dallas 75204. Jesse E. Betts, Rick Haan, and Sam L. Merrill have been elected partners in Thompson & Knight, 1722 Routh St., Ste. 1500, Dallas 75201. Sabina Bramlett, previously with Glast, Phillips & Murray, is now a partner in Fox Rothschild, 5420 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 1200, Dallas 75240. Scott V. Siddons, previously with the Law Office of Scott Siddons, is now general counsel to Eagle Golf, 4851 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 600, Dallas 75244. Alfred Cheng, Clayton Falls, and Jordan Klein have been named partners in K&L Gates, 1717 Main St., Ste. 2800, Dallas 75201. Jane Taber, previously with Estes Okon Thorne & Carr, and Douglas C. Bracken, previously with Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, are now partners in Scheef & Stone, 500 N. Akard St., Ste. 2700, Dallas 75201. Brenda Neuwirt, previously with Passman & Jones, is now an associate of the firm. Bob Gill, previously judge of the 213th District Court in Tarrant County, is now owner of the Law Offices of Bob Gill, 201 Main St., Ste. 801, Fort Worth 76102. SOUTH CENTRAL Peter Sakai, presiding judge of the 225th District Court in Bexar County, received a Guardian Angel Award from the Center for Family Relations. Lee Cusenbary, general counsel to Mission Pharmacal Co. in San Antonio, received the 2015 Peacemaker Community Service Award from the San Antonio Bar Foundation. OUT OF STATE Mark D. O’Leary, owner of O’Leary Law Office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been inducted as the 2015 president of the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association. Derek Taylor, previously with Johnson Controls, is now an associate of Michael Best & Friedrich, 100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 3300, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. Jason D. Schall, previously with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, is now an associate of Davis Graham & Stubbs, 1550 17th St., Ste. 500, Denver, Colorado 80202. LaDonna Schexnyder has been named a shareholder in Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, 9311 Bluebonnet Blvd., Ste. A, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810.
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