CENTRAL Rachel S. Giani is now of counsel to Winstead, 401 Congress Ave., Ste. 2100, Austin 78701. Leslie Dippel, of the Travis County Attorney’s Office in Austin, is now president of the Austin Bar Association. Katherine A. Fillmore, of Bowman and Brooke in Austin, is now president of the Austin Young Lawyers Association. Stephen G. Nagle, of Stephen G. Nagle & Associates in Austin, has received the Scott Ozmun Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association. Steven V. Tays, previously with Casteel & Casteel, is now an assistant county attorney in the Guadalupe County Attorney’s Office, 211 W. Court St., Ste. 362, Seguin 78155. Elizabeth Yeager, previously with Norton Rose Fulbright, is now senior corporate counsel to RetailMeNot Inc., 301 Congress Ave., Ste. 700, Austin 78701. Neal Rackleff, previously with the city of Houston Housing and Community Development Department, is now a partner in the Austin and Houston offices of Locke Lord, 600 Congress Ave., Ste. 2200, Austin 78701. Lorinda G. Holloway has been appointed managing partner of Husch Blackwell’s Austin office, 111 Congress Ave., Ste. 1400, 78701. Becky H. Diffen, previously with Vinson & Elkins, is now an associate of McGuireWoods, 816 Congress Ave., Ste. 940, Austin 78701. Donna Peery is now a senior associate of Buchanan DiMasi Dancy & Grabouski, 9600 Great Hills Trl., Ste. 300W, Austin 78759. D. Ronald Reneker, of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Austin and Dallas, received the 2016 Significant Sig Award from the Sigma Chi Fraternity Executive Committee. Matt Czimskey, of Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson in Waco, was named the 2016 Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association. Dickinson Wright has opened an office in Austin, Colorado Tower, 300 Colorado St., Ste. 2050, 78701. K. Lance Anderson, Ross Spencer Garsson, and Darrell R. Windham, all previously with Greenberg Traurig, are now members in the firm. R. John Prudhomme, previously with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, is now an associate of Fletcher, Farley, Shipman & Salinas, 1717 W. Sixth St., Ste. 300, Austin 78703. EAST Gary D. Jackson, a retired colonel and owner of the Jackson Law Offices in Lindale, has joined the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association Board of Directors. GULF John Arnold, previously with Winstead, is now a partner in Locke Lord, 2800 JPMorgan Chase Tower, 600 Travis St., Houston 77002. David Patton, also with the firm, has joined the board of directors of DXP Enterprises Inc. Tom Forestier, of Winstead in Houston, has been selected as president and chairman of the Houston Club Board of Directors. Brian W. Wice, a solo practitioner in Houston, received a 2016 Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year Award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. William “Bill” S. Helfand and Norman Ray Giles, previously with Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, are now partners in Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, 24 Greenway Plz., Ste. 1400, Houston 77046. Earl H. Walker, Andrew del Junco, and Avniel Adler, previously with Chamberlain Hrdlicka, and Lema Barazi, previously with the Karam Law Firm, are now associates of the firm. Matthew G. Pletcher and Jeff Nobles, previously with Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, and Matthew T. McCracken, previously with Serpe Jones Andrews Callender & Bell, are now partners in Deans & Lyons, First City Tower, 1001 Fannin St., Ste. 1925, Houston 77002. Chad J. Castille, previously with Serpe Jones, is now managing partner of the Houston office. Thomas P. Sartwelle, previously with Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, is now of counsel to the firm. Collin G. Warren and Pamela D. Williams, both previously with Adams and Reese, are now partners in Fisher Phillips, 333 Clay St., Ste. 4000, Houston 77002. Ehsan Tabesh, previously with Stuart, is now an associate of the firm. Annette L. Tripp, previously with Thompson & Knight, is now a partner in Bracewell, 711 Louisiana St., Ste. 2300, Houston 77002. Karl D. Burrer, previously with Haynes and Boone, is now a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, 1000 Louisiana St., Ste. 1700, Houston 77002. S. Omar Izfar, previously with the city of Houston, is now a senior associate of Wilson, Cribbs & Goren, 2500 Fannin St., Houston 77002. Reid C. Wilson, also with the firm, received the Best Speaker Award for the 2015 Advanced Real Estate Law Course from TexasBarCLE. Nickolas G. Spiliotis, previously with Jackson Walker, is now a partner in K&L Gates, 1000 Main St., Ste. 2550, Houston 77002. Paul B. Wyatt, previously with the Crim Law Firm, is now an associate of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, 800 Commerce St., Houston 77002. James Edward “Jim” Maloney, previously with Andrews Kurth, has founded a solo practice in Houston, 815 Walker St., Ste. 1150, 77002. Robin Russell, of Andrews Kurth in Houston, received the 2016 John C. Akard Community Service Award from the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section. William “Bill” Agnew Jr. has moved his firm, the Agnew Law Office, to 2415 Market St., Galveston 77550. Yvette V. Gatling, of Littler Mendelson in Houston, received the Rick Palmore Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Alumni Award. Michael Fishel, previously with Diamond McCarthy, is now an associate of Sidley Austin, 1000 Louisiana St., Ste. 6000, Houston 77002. Charles T. Jeremiah, previously with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, is now a partner in Holland & Knight, 1100 Louisiana St., Ste. 4300, Houston 77002. Nataliya Tipton, previously with Lauren S. Shaw & Associates, is now an associate of Brian White & Associates, 2414 Sunset Blvd., Houston 77005. Scott D. Marrs, previously with Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, is now Texas regional managing partner of Akerman, 1300 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 2500, Houston 77056. W. Scott Red Jr. has joined the firm of Matsushima Rendon & Thrash, 2525 Robinhood St., Houston 77005. NORTH Eli Columbus, Matt Ferris, and J. Frasher Murphy, all previously with Winstead, are now partners in Haynes and Boone, 2323 Victory Ave., Ste. 700, Dallas 75219. Ron C. McCallum, of Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett in Dallas, and Jake Pollack, of Holmes Firm in Dallas, have been elected fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Michelle Schulz has been named cochair of the international practice group of Gardere Wynne Sewell, 3000 Thanksgiving Tower, 1601 Elm St., Dallas 75201. Richard S. Gladden, a solo practitioner in Denton, received a 2016 Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year Award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Treyson Brooks is now an associate of Verner Brumley McCurley Mueller Parker, 4311 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 450, Dallas 75219. Jim Mueller, also with the firm, is now a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. David Denton is now a partner in Brown Fox, 750 N. Saint Paul St., Ste. 1320, Dallas 75201. Kelly E. Kleist is now a partner in Conley Rosenberg & Mendez, 5080 Spectrum Dr., Ste. 850E, Addison 75001. Whitney L. Warren and Lana P. Beverly are now associates of Deans & Lyons, 325 N. Saint Paul St., Ste. 1500, Dallas 75201. J. Edward Johnson and Patrick H. Rose IV are now associates of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, 1601 Elm St., Ste. 3700, Dallas 75201. James C. Scott, previously with Gardere Wynne Sewell, is now a partner of Kelly Hart & Hallman, 201 Main St., Ste. 2500, Fort Worth 76102. Katherine T. Hopkins, also with the firm, received the Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Achievement Award from the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section. Erin Nowell, of Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett in Dallas, was named one of the 2016 40 Under 40 Best Advocates by the National Bar Association. Kent Piacenti, of Vinson & Elkins in Dallas, was named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Thomas S. Leatherbury, also with the firm, was named chair of the Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors. Sherri L. Wagner, previously with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, is now a senior attorney for Parker Straus, 1200 Summit Ave., Ste. 200, Fort Worth 76102. Michael H. Focht is now vice president of legal technologies for Alliance Legal Staffing, 2909 Cole Ave., Ste. 230, Dallas 75204. Richard A. Illmer has been appointed managing partner of Husch Blackwell’s Dallas office, 2001 Ross Ave., Ste. 2000, 75201. Deborah G. Hankinson, of Hankinson in Dallas, has been selected as a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Alan S. Loewinsohn, Jim L. Flegle, and David R. Deary, all previously with Loewinsohn Flegle Deary, and Craig F. Simon, Matthew W. Ray, and Daniel P. Winikka, all previously with Simon, Ray & Winikka, have founded Loewinsohn Flegle Deary Simon, 12377 Merit Dr., Ste. 900, Dallas 75251. Zoltan A. Papp is now a partner in the firm. Christopher A. Baca is now a shareholder in Newman & Lawler, 200 Bailey Ave., Ste. 100, Fort Worth 76107. Baca is also now a member of the Texas Bar College. Catherine H. Goodman, previously with Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, and Blair L. Park are now attorneys with Harris, Finley & Bogle, 777 Main St., Ste. 1800, Fort Worth 76102. Alicia E. Hernandez, director of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, has been chosen as the next executive director of the Dallas Bar Association. Godwin in Houston and Dallas has changed its name to Godwin Bowman & Martinez, 1201 Elm St., Ste. 1700, Dallas 75270. Bruce W. Bowman Jr. and Jenny L. Martinez are now name shareholders in the firm. Strasburger & Price has moved its Collin County office to 2600 N. Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 600, Frisco 75034. SOUTH Chelsea Craddock is now an associate of the Law Office of Roy Neal Linnartz, 297 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels 78130. Carl Robin Teague has moved his solo practice to 206 E. Locust St., San Antonio 78212. Ruben O. Valadez, previously an assistant principal at Eagle Pass High School, is now an associate of Langley & Banack, 401 Quarry St., Eagle Pass 78852. Marvin G. Pipkin, previously with Pipkin & Oliver, and partner Kortney M. Kloppe-Orton have founded Pipkin Law, 10001 Reunion Pl., Ste. 640, San Antonio 78216. Mark I. Unger, of the Unger Law Firm in San Antonio, was selected for the annual Fastcase 50 list of top innovators. Karissa Hostrup Gonzalez, previously with Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, is now an associate of Branscomb, 711 Navarro St., Ste. 500, San Antonio 78205. Thomas M. O’Brien, previously with Nix Health Care System, is now of counsel to Alford & O’Brien, 1900 N.E. Loop 410, Ste. D211, San Antonio 78209. John J. Specia Jr., previously with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, is now a shareholder in Plunkett & Griesenbeck, 1635 N.E. Loop 410, Ste. 900, San Antonio 78209. Durime E. Fahim and A. Jabbar Fahim are now associates of the Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, 407 Eighth St., San Antonio 78215. Dylan George and Crystal Pacheco are now attorneys with the firm. OUT OF STATE John F. Leitzinger III, of LexisNexis in Miamisburg, Ohio, has earned a Master of Laws in intellectual property from the University of Dayton School of Law. William M. Laubach, previously a solo practitioner in Lago Vista, has opened a practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 590 Red Cliff Rd., 80906. David Downs, James McDonough, and Chris Cowan have founded Downs, McDonough & Cowan, 2051 Main Ave., Durango, Colorado 81301. Alberto R. Gonzales, dean of Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tennessee, has written a book, True Faith and Allegiance, which is scheduled for publication in September. Diana Cochrane is now an associate of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, 909 Poydras St., 24th Fl., New Orleans 70112. For more information or to submit a listing, go to texasbar.com/moversandshakers or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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