For more information or to submit a listing, go to texasbar.com/moversandshakers or email email@example.com. CENTRAL Marisol Saenz, previously with the Texas Department of Insurance, is now an associate of Gardere Wynne Sewell, 600 Congress Ave., Ste. 3000, Austin 78701. Lucius D. Bunton and Lynn E. Rubinett are now affiliated as alternative dispute resolution professionals with Lakeside Mediation Center, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Ste. 403, Austin 78703. Jim Richardson, a partner in Richardson + Burgess in Austin, has been named president of the National Board of Trial Advocacy’s Austin Chapter and a member of its national board of directors. Duke Johnston, previously with the Dwyer Group, has formed the Law Offices of James M. Johnston Jr., 7215 Bosque Blvd., Ste. 109, Waco 76710. Peter J. Slover was designated by Grand Duke Henri, the Luxembourg head of state, as honorary consul of Luxembourg in Austin with jurisdiction covering the state of Texas. Carl von Merz, previously with Statoil, is now a partner in Kelly Hart & Hallman, 303 Colorado St., Ste. 2000, Austin 78701. Natalie Cobb Koehler, county attorney of Bosque County and owner of the Koehler Law Firm in Meridian, was appointed to the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council by Gov. Greg Abbott. Jeff Gordon is now deputy general counsel for the Texas General Land Office, 1700 N. Congress Ave., Austin 78701. Russell E. Booth, Doug E. Jones, Andrea E. Schutz, and Jennifer L. Smith are now shareholders in Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, 401 Congress Ave., Ste. 2200, Austin 78701. T.J. Turner, a partner in Cain & Skarnulis in Austin, was reappointed to the Texas Real Estate Commission by Gov. Greg Abbott. Kemper C. Powell and Misti Hill Carter are now attorneys with Streusand, Landon & Ozburn, 811 Barton Springs Rd., Ste. 811, Austin 78704. Karen Miller was named associate director of Texas Legal Services Center Inc., 2101 I-35 S, Ste. 300, Austin 78741. Julia Martindill, Sara Espahbodi, Cristina Cooper, Erin Groce, Robert Bueno, Jenna Gove, and Marvin Okafor are now attorneys with the center. Keegan Warren-Clem, of Austin Medical-Legal Partnership and an attorney with the center, obtained her LL.M. in health law and policy. Patrick Pearsall, previously with Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, is now of counsel to Winstead, 401 Congress Ave., Ste. 2100, Austin 78701. Laci Ehlers is now an associate of McLean & Howard, Barton Oaks Plaza, Bldg. II, 901 S. MoPac Expy., Ste. 225, Austin 78746. Brian J. Dillavou, Julia R. Houston, and Stephanie A. Kroger have been elected partners in Andrews Kurth, 111 Congress Ave., Ste. 1700, Austin 78701. J. Christopher Creel, previously with the Law Firm of Daniel J. Young, is now a managing member in the Creel Law Group, 4301 Westbank Dr., Bldg. B, Ste. 220, Austin 78746. EAST Gary Jackson, of the Jackson Law Offices in Lindale, received the 2015 Lindale ISD Distinguished Alumni Award from the Lindale ISD Alumni Association. Arnold Battise, a retired administrative law judge in Livingston and member of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Nation of Texas, was honored by Oklahoma City University College of Law as an outstanding example of American Indian achievement and a representative of the law school and of Indian Country. GULF Mark Lanier, of the Lanier Law Firm in Houston, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Justice. Hon. Judy Warne, judge of the 257th District Court of Harris County, received the 2014-2015 Exemplary Judicial Faculty Award from the Texas Center for the Judiciary. Rory Hatch, previously with the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston, is now an associate of Winstead, 1100 JPMorgan Chase Tower, 600 Travis St., Houston 77002. Bruce Wilkin, a shareholder in the firm, and Andrew Edelman, an associate, were elected to the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Hon. Michael C. Massengale, a justice of the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston, was elected to the American Law Institute. Derek M. Harkrider, previously with Sheehy, Ware & Pappas, is now a solo practitioner at the Harkrider Law Firm, 405 Main St., Ste. 600, Houston 77002. Kevin W. Liles, of Liles Harris in Corpus Christi, was elected to the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Benny Agosto Jr., a partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston, received the 2015 Outstanding Public Service Award from South Texas College of Law. Scott Armstrong, previously with Arnold & Itkin, is now an associate of the firm, 800 Commerce St., Houston 77002. Dane A. Johnson was recently promoted to vice president and general counsel of Silver Eagle Distributors, 7777 Washington Ave., Houston 77007. Neal Kaminsky, previously with Porter Hedges, is now a partner in Haynes and Boone, 1221 McKinney St., Ste. 2100, Houston 77010. Robert S. Ballentine is now a partner in FisherBroyles, Two Allen Center, 1200 Smith St., Ste. 1600, Houston 77002. Mayra Cuello, previously with the city of Houston, is now an associate of Fisher & Phillips, 333 Clay St., Ste. 4000, Houston 77002. Amy Catherine Dinn, previously with Patel Ervin Dinn, is now a partner in Trahan Dinn Kornegay Payne, 4119 Montrose Blvd., Ste. 200, Houston 77006. Michael J. Cenatiempo is now senior counsel to Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, 1301 McKinney St., Ste. 2900, Houston 77010. Jeremy S. Romoser is now an associate of Haney.Moorman.Paschal, 1300 11th St., Ste. 405, Huntsville 77340. Drew Baldinger, previously with Andrews Kurth, is now a partner in DLA Piper, 1000 Louisiana St., Ste. 2800, Houston 77002. Keri D. Brown, Michael Cancienne, Ali Dhanani, and Andrew Thomison have been promoted to partners in Baker Botts, One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana St., Houston 77002. David A. Polsinelli is now an associate of Crain, Caton & James, Five Houston Center, 1401 McKinney, Ste. 1700, Houston 77010. Kelline Linton is now an associate of BakerHostetler, 811 Main St., Ste. 1100, Houston 77002. Ryan J. Dove, founder of the Dove Law Firm in Houston, received the 2015 Most Pro Bono Bankruptcy Cases Litigated Award (Southern District of Texas) from Lone Star Legal Aid. Morae Legal, headquartered in Houston, has acquired CCIM Consulting’s business and assets, 1200 Smith St., 16th Fl., 77002. Alla Nowowiejski, previously with Monty & Ramirez, is now an associate of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, 815 Walker St., Ste. 1447, Houston 77002. Louis A. Riley is now of counsel to Blank Rome, 717 Texas Ave., Ste. 1400, Houston 77002. Matthew A. Copeland is now an associate of Adams and Reese, 1221 McKinney St., Ste. 4400, Houston 77010. Patrick E. Hays, previously with Diamond Offshore, is now senior counsel and director of global compliance for Frank’s International, 10260 Westheimer Rd., Ste. 700, Houston 77042. George Edwards III and Murtaza Sutarwalla have joined their practices to form Edwards Sutarwalla, 2555 N. MacGregor Way, Ste. 100, Houston 77004. Courtney B. Glaser, Matthew B. Grunert, Jordan Hirsch, Cindy Y. Lin, and Michelle P. Scheffler have been elected partners in Andrews Kurth, 600 Travis St., Ste. 4200, Houston 77002. Jerry M. Young, previously with Coats Rose, is now general counsel at Mustang CAT, 12800 Northwest Fwy., Houston 77040. F.W. Burnett Jr. has been named vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Global Geophysical Services LLC and Global Geophysical Services Inc., 13927 S. Gessner Rd., Missouri City 77489. Shannon A.S. Quadros, previously with Chamberlain Hrdlicka, is now a shareholder in Kilmer Crosby & Walker, 5100 Westheimer Rd., Second Fl., Houston 77056. Christian Smith & Jewell and the Loev Law Firm have formed an of counsel relationship with one another, 2302 Fannin St., Ste. 500, Houston 77002 and 6300 West Loop South, Ste. 280, Bellaire 77401, respectively. John R. Shepperd, a partner in Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in Houston, has been elected a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. NORTH Hon. John McClellan Marshall, senior judge of the 14th District Court in Dallas County, has been elected international vice president of the International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi. Hon. Anne Gardner, a justice of the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth, received the 2015 Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. The Dallas office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges received the Frontrunner Award from the Dallas Diversity Task Force. Ralph Miller, a partner for the firm in Washington, D.C., and founder of the firm’s Dallas litigation section, and Nathan White, an associate of the firm’s Dallas office, received 2015 Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Awards from the Texas Civil Rights Project. Monty Ward has been elected partner, and Seth Jaskoviak is now an associate of the firm, 200 Crescent Ct., Ste. 300, Dallas 75201. Michael D. Pegues, Jason A. Wietjes, and Andrew Kinworthy are now shareholders in Polsinelli, 2950 N. Harwood St., Ste. 2100, Dallas 75201. Leane K. Capps, a shareholder in the firm, was elected chair of the Council of Appellate Lawyers. Christopher Beinecke, previously with Towers Watson, is now counsel to Haynes and Boone, 2323 Victory Ave., Ste. 700, Dallas 75219. John B. Phair, Ryan M. Roper, J.G. Joakim Soederbaum, and Beth E. Thurman are now associates of Kelly Hart & Hallman, 201 Main St., Ste. 2500, Fort Worth 76102. Mark M. Sloan was named managing partner of Thompson & Knight, One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh St., Ste. 1500, Dallas 75201. John Martin, senior counsel with the firm, received the Louis B. Potter Lifetime Professional Service Award from DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar. Craig A. Lackey is now a partner in Perkins Coie, 500 N. Akard St., Ste. 3300, Dallas 75201. Margaret Mead is now a partner in Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, 2100 Ross Ave., Ste. 2000, Dallas 75201. Cade Hamner was named chief compliance officer and corporate counsel of REDI Global Technologies, 7800 N. Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 300, Plano 75024. Andrea Stroh Thompson, an attorney with the Law Office of Andrea Thompson, was appointed presiding officer of the Commission to Study and Review Certain Penal Laws by Gov. Greg Abbott. Nicole Collier is now a partner in West & Associates, 101 S. Jennings Ave., Ste. 210, Fort Worth 76104. Nicole R. Taylor is now a partner in the firm’s Dallas office, 320 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy., Ste. 300, 75203. Lawrence Bowman, a director of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan in Dallas, has been elected a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Quentin Brogdon, previously with the Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, is now a partner in Crain Lewis Brogdon, 3400 Carlisle St., Ste. 200, Dallas 75204. Amy LaValle and Jerry C. Harris Jr. are now partners in Wick Phillips, 3131 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100, Dallas 75204. Gary Sorden, previously with Braxton, Hilton & Perrone, Aaron Davidson, previously with Baker Botts, and S. Roxanne Edwards are now managing principals in Klemchuk, 8150 N. Central Expy., 10th Fl., Dallas 75206. Chad Baruch is now an attorney with the newly renamed Johnston Tobey Baruch, 3308 Oak Grove Ave., Dallas 75204. Kasey C. Krummel is now an associate of Hindman/Bynum, 5005 Greenville Ave., Ste. 200, Dallas 75206. Katherine Elrich is now a member in Cobb Martinez Woodward, 1700 Pacific Ave., Ste. 3100, Dallas 75201. Torrie Taylor Poehls, previously with Kelly Hart & Hallman, is now an associate of the Blum Firm, 777 Main St., Ste. 700, Fort Worth 76102. Catherine McKnight is now assistant general counsel to Children’s Health, 1935 Medical District Dr., Dallas 75235. Omar J. Alaniz, Susan Cannon Kennedy, and John B. Lawrence have been promoted to partners in Baker Botts, 2001 Ross Ave., Dallas 75201. Christina M. McMahan is now an associate of Power Daley, 17480 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 101, Dallas 75287. Alex J. Bell, of Fletcher, Farley, Shipman & Salinas in Dallas, was elected to the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Harry D. Jones, a shareholder in Littler in Dallas, has been elected to the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Locke Lord, with several Texas offices and a headquarters in Dallas, received a score of 95 on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign. Marilea Lewis and Lon Loveless, both previously with Godwin Lewis, are now attorneys with Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, 5950 Sherry Ln., Ste. 800, Dallas 75225. The Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates elected D. Patrick Long, of Squire Patton Boggs, as its president; Quentin Brogdon, of Crain Lewis Brogdon, as vice president; Richard A. Capshaw, of Capshaw & Associates, as treasurer; and James W. Grau, of Grau Law Group, as membership chair. C. Bart Johnson and Caroline M. Cyrier are now associates of Harris, Finley & Bogle, 777 Main St., Ste. 1800, Fort Worth 76102. Robert Crain, a partner in Crain Lewis Brogdon in Dallas, has been elected president-elect of the Dallas Bar Association. Jerry Alexander, a shareholder in Passman & Jones, is serving as president in 2016, and Brad Weber, an international partner in Locke Lord, is now immediate past president. Michael K. Hurst, a partner in Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank, was elected DBA first vice-president; Laura Benitez Geisler, principal in the Geisler Law Firm, was elected second vice-president; and Sakina Rasheed Foster, counsel to Haynes and Boone, was elected secretary-treasurer. Isabel Crosby has been elected a partner in Andrews Kurth, 1717 Main St., Ste. 3700, Dallas 75201. Amelia Coates and Jaime M. DeWees are now associates of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 3700, Dallas 75201. Nelson A. Jarrin, previously with the Office of State Sen. Charles Schwertner, is now director of government affairs at Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, 2800 Swiss Ave., Dallas 75204. Aaron S. Turner, previously with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, is now counsel at Schiff Hardin, 300 Crescent Ct., Ste. 400, Dallas 75201. Hope Shimabuku has been named director of the Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 207 S. Houston St., Dallas 75202. Elaine Lenahan, previously with Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, is now a partner in the Lenahan Law Firm, 2655 Villa Creek Dr., Ste. 222, Dallas 75234. Robert Velevis has been promoted to partner in Sidley Austin, 2001 Ross Ave., Ste. 3600, Dallas 75201. Travis E. Schwaer, previously with ORIX USA, is now senior vice president and general counsel of Guggenheim Partners, 3000 Internet Blvd., Ste. 570, Frisco 75034. Rebekah Brooker is now a partner in Scheef & Stone, 500 N. Akard St., Ste. 2700, Dallas 75201. Jacob Sparks is now a member in the firm. Taylor E. Darby and Maxwell B. Brown are now associates of Brown Pruitt Wambsganss Ferrill & Dean, 201 Main St., Ste. 801, Fort Worth 76102. PANHANDLE Hunter Harris, previously with the Cromeens Law Firm, is now an attorney with W. Calloway Huffaker, Attorney at Law, 1540 Avenue J, Tahoka 79373. Gerry W. Beyer, the Preston E. Smith regents professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, received the Accredited Estate Planner Distinguished Designation for 2015 and was inducted into the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils Estate Planning Hall of Fame. SOUTH Richard L. Reed Jr. is now an associate of Goldman & Associates, 10100 Reunion Pl., Ste. 800, San Antonio 78216. Julie A. Crockett, previously with Frost Wealth Advisors, is now a vice president and senior trust officer with Bank of America’s U.S. Trust, 300 Convent St., Eighth Fl., San Antonio 78205. Leslie Kinsel of Cotulla was appointed to the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council by Gov. Greg Abbott. Daniel Friedman is now an associate of Wilkins Finston Friedman Law Group, 1777 N.E. Loop 410, Ste. 600, San Antonio 78217. Christine Rudy is now an associate of Tessmer Law Firm, 7800 I-10 W, Ste. 830, San Antonio 78230. Dannick Hernandez is now a shareholder in Plunkett & Griesenbeck, 1635 N.E. Loop 410, Ste. 900, San Antonio 78209. Alex Merced and Serenity Rasmussen are now associates of the firm. WEST Jacob Barde, Javier Macias, and Andrea Moran are now attorneys with ScottHulse, 201 E. Main Dr., El Paso 79901. OUT OF STATE Benton J. Barton, a member of Hall & Evans in Denver, Colorado, was elected to the board of directors of ALFA International.
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