CENTRAL Mike Hatchell, of counsel to Locke Lord in Austin, has received the Texas Bar Foundation’s Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award. Joel Stonedale is now an attorney for the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, 901 Congress Ave., Austin 78701. Meggie Orgain is now an associate of Cobb & Counsel, 401 Congress Ave., Ste. 1540, Austin 78701. Betsy Peticolas, an associate of Winstead in Austin, is now president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin. Andrea Bergia, previously with the Snell Law Firm, is now an associate of the Law Office of Becky Beaver, 816 Congress Ave., Ste. 1600, Austin 78701. Katie Fillmore, an associate of Bowman and Brooke in Austin, has been elected president of the Austin Young Lawyers Association. E.G. “Gerry” Morris, of the Law Office of E.G. Morris in Austin, is now president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Jerry Clements, chair of Locke Lord in Austin, has been named the 2015 Baylor Lawyer of the Year by the Baylor Law Alumni Association. Sara M. Burgin, Kevin Collins, Matt Paulson, and Whit Swift are now partners in Bracewell & Giuliani, 111 Congress Ave., Ste. 2300, Austin 78701. EAST Bruce A. Smith, a shareholder and partner in Ward, Smith & Hill in Longview, has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. GULF Cassandra G. Mott, a partner in Thompson & Knight in Houston, has been elected director at large of the Association for Corporate Growth Global Board of Directors. Mitch Tiras, a partner in the Houston office of Locke Lord, is now cochair of the firm’s tax practice, 600 Travis St., Houston 77002. Kristin Kruse, an associate of Winstead in Houston, has been named the Houston Young Lawyers Association Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston for 2015. Ian Michael Kuecker, previously with the Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston County Inc., is now owner of the Law Office of Ian Michael Kuecker, 2600 South Shore Blvd., Ste. 355, League City 77573. Sarah Judge and Demetri Economou are now associates of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, 5051 Westheimer Rd., 10th Fl., Houston 70056. David Bond, Thomas G. Ciarlone Jr., and Andrea “AJ” Johnson are now directors of the firm. Jonathan Worbington is now a member of Gray Reed & McGraw, 1300 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 2000, Houston 77056. Amy Allen, Clint Brown, Jennifer Gurevitz, Ashley Johnston, and Joe Virene are now shareholders in the firm. Jack Rains, of counsel to the firm, has been honored as an Aggie Legend by the Texas A&M University 12th Man Kick Off Team Foundation. Stanley G. Schneider, a partner in Schneider & McKinney in Houston, received the Richard “Racehorse” Haynes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. Steven R. Hollingsworth, previously with Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer, is now an associate of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, 800 Commerce St., Houston 77002. Annie McAdams, of Steelman & McAdams in Houston, is now president of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. Kevin M. Camp, of Jones Granger, was elected president-elect, and Daniel D. Horowitz III, of the Law Office of Daniel D. Horowitz III, was elected secretary-treasurer. Christopher L. Bell, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig in Houston and Washington, D.C., has received a 2015 Meritorious Service Award from the American National Standards Institute. Rusty Hardin, founder of Rusty Hardin & Associates in Houston, has been inducted as a fellow in both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. NORTH Brooke Ulrickson Allen, previously with Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell, is now a partner in Moses, Palmer & Howell, 309 W. Seventh St., Ste. 815, Fort Worth 76102. Lora Davis and Laurel Stephenson have founded Davis Stephenson, 100 Crescent Ct., Ste. 440, Dallas 75201. Judith Tobey is now of counsel to the firm. Reagan R. Herod, previously with FTS International, is now a senior attorney with the Gibson Law Group, 3102 Maple Ave., Ste. 400, Dallas 75201. Lon Williams, a shareholder in Polsinelli, has been elected a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Michele Wong Krause, of the Wong Krause Law Firm in Dallas, received a 2015 Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women of the Southwest Award from the Southwest Jewish Congress. Scott P. Stolley, previously with Thompson & Knight, is now a partner in Cherry Petersen Landry Albert, 8350 N. Central Expy., Ste. 1500, Dallas 75206. Regina Vasquez-Espinosa is now counsel to Phelps Dunbar, 115 Grand Ave., Ste. 222, Southlake 76092. Quentin Faust, previously with Andrews Kurth, is now a shareholder in SettlePou, 3333 Lee Pkwy., Eighth Fl., Dallas 75219. Charles Curran, Eric Jacocks, and Laura Pickens are now associates of the firm. Shamoil T. Shipchandler, previously with Bracewell & Giuliani, is now regional director of the Fort Worth Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 801 Cherry St., Ste. 1900, Fort Worth 76102. Sharon S. Millians, a partner in Kelly Hart & Hallman in Fort Worth, received the 2015 Professionalism Award from the Tarrant County Bar Association. Michael K. Hurst, of Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank in Dallas, received the 2015 Louise B. Raggio Award from the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. The association gave its Outstanding Female Partner Awards to Diana Bearden, of Strasburger & Price in Dallas; Rhonda Hunter, of Farrow-Gillespie & Heath in Dallas; and Karen McCloud, founder of Karen D. McCloud in Dallas. Tiffanie Limbrick, an associate of Sidley Austin in Dallas, received the association’s Rising Raggio Award. Leslie Watkins is now senior counsel to Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 3700, Dallas 75201. Sean Tate is now an associate of the firm. Jason Kerr is now a senior attorney. Dilen Kumar, an associate of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, was selected to the 2015-2016 Leadership Arts Institute of the Business Council for the Arts. Brandon McCarthy, previously with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, is now a partner in K&L Gates, 1717 Main St., Ste. 2800, Dallas 75201. Tracey Wallace, previously with Jackson Walker, is now a partner in Schiff Hardin, 300 Crescent Ct., Ste. 400, Dallas 75201. April L. Farris, previously with the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, is now an associate of Kelly Hart & Hallman, 201 Main St., Ste. 2500, Fort Worth 76102. PANHANDLE Brian Shannon, a professor of law at Texas Tech University School of Law, has been designated a Horn Professor by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. Ruben Reyes, presiding judge of the 72nd District Court in Lubbock, has been elected chair of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Board of Directors. SOUTH Thurman & Phillips has relocated to 4093 De Zavala Rd., Shavano Park 78249. James N. Higdon, a partner in Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht in San Antonio, is now the national president of National Sojourners Inc. Sara E. Dysart, a solo practitioner in San Antonio, received the 2015 Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation. Shari Y. Mao, an associate of Jackson Walker in San Antonio, received the foundation’s Belva Lockwood Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Bill Lemons, of William H. Lemons in San Antonio, received the 2015 Brutsche’ Award from the Association of Attorney-Mediators. OUT OF STATE Naomi Dennis, a major in the U.S. Air Force, has been appointed to the 2015-2016 Class of White House Fellows. Scott Baker is now counsel to Haynes and Boone, 1801 Broadway St., Ste. 800, Denver, Colorado 80202 and 2323 Victory Ave., Ste. 700, Dallas 75219. For more information on Movers and Shakers or to submit a listing, go to texasbar.com/moversandshakers or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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