Appellate and trial boutique Godwin Lewis has shaken up its management team following a name partner’s departure last week.

R. Alan York will become president of the Dallas-based law firm effective on December 1, replacing Marcos Ronquillo, whose departure was announced November 20. Prior to his move, the firm, which has about 70 lawyers, was known as Godwin Ronquillo.

Robert Wiegand will become managing shareholder of Godwin Lewis and continue as chief operating officer. Marilea Lewis, who became name shareholder upon Ronquillo’s move, will serve as executive vice president.

Lewis joined the Godwin firm last year after serving for 10 years as a family law judge in Texas. York is an appellate lawyer and Wiegand is a commercial litigator. Jenny Martinez, a commercial litigator, is now treasurer of the executive committee.

Donald Godwin will remain chairman and chief executive.

Ronquillo left the Godwin firm for Houston-based Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, where he will pursue an international practice, an area that both he and Godwin said was not a focus at his old firm.

“There were tears,” Ronquillo said about his departure. “It wasn’t an easy decision.” His practice at 60-attorney Beirne Maynard will focus on developing business in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

At the time of Ronquillo’s departure, Godwin told The National Law Journal‘s affiliate Texas Lawyer, “I will miss Marcos personally and professionally.”

Godwin Lewis’s practices include civil appellate work, general litigation, family law, personal injury defense, creditors’ rights, antitrust and energy litigation. Its bigger clients include Halliburton Co., Turner Construction Co., Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and El Paso Corp.

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