CENTRAL James Brandon Gaines, previously with the Gaines Law Firm, is now corporate counsel to Attorney Prime, 401 Congress Ave., Ste. 1540, Austin 78701. Rick R. Flores is now a partner in Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins, 1100 Guadalupe St., Austin 78701. Amy M. Emerson, previously with Lloyd Gosselink, is now a partner in Allensworth & Porter, 100 Congress Ave., Ste. 700, Austin 78701. Piper Turner Bollier is now Piper Burnett Turner Bollier Miller, 6034 W. Courtyard Dr., Ste. 140, Austin 78730. Michael Burnett and Jeff Miller are now partners in the firm. Guy Hohmann and Ryan Shelton, previously with Hohmann, Taube & Summers, and Joe Brophy have formed Hohmann, Brophy & Shelton, 401 Congress Ave., Ste. 3050, Austin 78701. Kirk Dorius, Ray Mort, and Steven Tepera have been promoted to partners in Reed & Scardino, 301 Congress Ave., Ste. 1250, Austin 78701. Peyton N. Smith is now a partner and chair in the firm. Dawn Norman has joined as of counsel. Gavin R. Villareal, a partner in Baker Botts in Austin, received the Outstanding Alumnus award from the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association at the University of Texas School of Law. Nanette K. Beaird has been elected partner in Gardere Wynne Sewell, 600 Congress Ave., Ste. 3000, Austin 78701. Michael D. Yarber, president of the Texas Lawyers’ Insurance Exchange in Austin, was elected to the board of directors of the Bar Plan Surety & Fidelity Co. Kelly L. Burris has been promoted to partner in Cordell & Cordell, 301 Congress Ave., Ste. 1515, Austin 78701. EAST Ward & Smith has become Ward, Smith & Hill, with the addition of partner Wesley Hill’s name, 1127 Judson Rd., Ste. 220, Longview 75601. GULF William R. Buck, Exxon Mobil Corp. general counsel to Upstream Cos. in Houston, is now chair of the Houston Bar Foundation. William Stukenberg has been elected shareholder in Jackson Lewis, 1415 Louisiana St., Ste. 3325, Houston 77002. Christina Stone, formerly of Gaughan, Stone & Thiagarajan, and William E. Stone III have established Stone & Stone, 5212 Linden St., Bellaire 77401. Luis Cuellar has joined the Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr., 101 W. Goodwin Ave., 9th Fl., Victoria 77901. Evelyn Huerta Gonzales has joined the firm’s main office, 802 N. Carancahua St., Ste. 2100, Corpus Christi 78401. Christopher J. Gale, previously with Gale, Wilson & Sanchez, is now a member in the Gale Law Group, P.O. Box 2591, Corpus Christi 78403. Harvey Heller and Keith Short are now of counsel to Coats Rose, 9 Greenway Plz., Ste. 1100, Houston 77046. David Roth, previously with Northern Star Generation, and Shahid Ghauri, previously with BHP Billiton Petroleum, are now partners in Jones Walker, 1001 Fannin St., Ste. 2450, Houston 77002. Roger D. Aksamit, a partner in Thompson & Knight, is now the firm’s office leader, 333 Clay St., Ste. 3300, Houston 77002. Annapoorni Sankaran, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig in Houston, received the 2015 Champion of Diversity Award from the Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas. Jason Bernhardt and Matthew Foytlin are now shareholders in Winstead, 600 Travis St., Ste. 1100, Houston 77002. R. James Amaro, founder of the Amaro Law Firm, has moved offices to 2500 E. T.C. Jester Blvd., Ste. 525, Houston 77008. He was also invited to serve on the National Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. Pamela L. Horowitz and Tara M. Williams have been promoted to of counsel to Greenberg Traurig, 1000 Louisiana St., Ste. 1700, Houston 77002. T. Aaron Dobbs, previously with Ford & Bergner, is now a shareholder in Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey, 2277 Plaza Dr., Ste. 290, Sugar Land 77479. He has been certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Jeffrey E. Spiers is now executive director of Andrews Kurth, 600 Travis St., Ste. 4200, Houston 77002. Mary Elizondo Frazier and Eunice Song have been elected partners in Gardere Wynne Sewell, 1000 Louisiana St., Ste. 3400, Houston 77002. Bryan Abercrombie has been promoted to partner in Cordell & Cordell, 1330 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 1800, Houston 77056. NORTH Kimberly Drake-Loy, previously with CoreLogic, is now general counsel to and chief compliance officer of Mortgage Contracting Services and MCS Valuations, 6504 International Pkwy., Ste. 1500, Plano 75093. Veronica Chavez Law has joined Brackett & Ellis, 100 Main St., Fort Worth 76102. Emily K. Seawright is now an associate of the Blum Firm, 777 Main St., Ste. 700, Fort Worth 76102. Jill A. Kotvis, managing partner in Jill A. Kotvis in Dallas, has been appointed as a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law. Allison McDade, previously with Pirkey Barber, is now senior trademark counsel to 7-Eleven Inc., 1722 Routh St., Ste. 1000, Dallas 75201. Andrew Rosell, previously with Kelly Hart & Hallman, is now a shareholder in Winstead, 300 Throckmorton St., Ste. 1700, Fort Worth 76102. Jared Wood, previously with Cantey Hanger, and Jeffrey R. Gilmore are now associates of the firm. John W. Bowdich is now chair of the collections and commercial litigation practice groups at the Willis Law Group, 10440 N. Central Expy., Ste. 520, Dallas 75231. Johnathan E. Collins, Jennifer Kinney Parnell, Susan M. Rainey, Amy Gremminger White, and Kimberly F. Williams have been promoted to partners in Locke Lord Edwards, 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 2200, Dallas 75201. Luna & Luna has joined the Underwood Law Firm, 500 N. Central Expy., Ste. 175, Plano 75074. Ashley McDowell is now a partner in VernerBrumleyMcCurley, 3710 Rawlins St., Ste. 900, Dallas 75219. Stephanie F. Erhart, previously with Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, is now an associate of Lewis Brisbois, 2100 Ross Ave., Ste. 2000, Dallas 75201. D. Stewart Clancy and Justin Opitz are now partners in McGuire- Woods, 2000 McKinney Ave., Ste. 1400, Dallas 75201. Kara Grimes, Lloyd Lim, Jeff Tinker, and Sargon Daniel are now shareholders in Winstead, 2728 N. Harwood St., Ste. 500, Dallas 75201. Kelly Kubasta is now an attorney and shareholder in Ferguson, Braswell & Fraser and brings his intellectual property practice to the firm, 2500 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 501, Plano 75093. Tara L. Elgie and Jay B. Mower have been elected partners in Hunton & Williams, 1445 Ross Ave., Ste. 3700, Dallas 75202. Joshua Weaver, previously with Polsinelli, has formed Weaver & Weaver, 10440 N. Central Expy., Ste. 1290, Dallas 75231. Steven V. Walkowiak has been promoted to of counsel to Greenberg Traurig, 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 5200, Dallas 75201. Matt Crockett and Adam C. Hull have been elected partners in Gardere Wynne Sewell, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 3000, Dallas 75201. Kim J. Askew, a partner in K&L Gates in Dallas, received the 2015 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit. SOUTH CENTRAL Paige A. Thomas is now an associate of Goldman & Associates, 10100 Reunion Pl., Ste. 800, San Antonio 78216. OUT OF STATE David R. Frohn, previously with Swetman Baxter Massenburg, is now of counsel to Manion Gaynor & Manning, 2201 Lake St., Ste. 106, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601.
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