New Positions

. . . Alexis Wade Foster has joined Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall in Houston as an associate focusing on civil litigation, appellate and health law.

. . . Richard Ginsburg, a partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ banking and finance practice, has returned to the Dallas office after working in the firm’s London and New York offices.

. . . Celeste C. Lawton has joined Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston as senior counsel.

. . . Judge Teresa Guerra Snelson will join the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office as chief attorney for the civil division.

. . . David C. Courreges and Colin H. Newberry have joined Hay Compere in Austin as partners.

. . . Brad E. Levy has joined Winstead in Dallas as an associate with the corporate, securities/mergers and acquisitions practice group.

. . . David M. Bennett, a partner in Thompson & Knight in Dallas, has been named to lead the firm’s corporate reorganization and creditors’ rights practice group.

. . . Chris Osborn has joined West Short & Associates in Georgetown as an associate.

. . . Malachi O. Boyuls has become general counsel and William W. Bradshaw has become senior underwriting counsel at Thomas Title & Escrow in Dallas.

. . . John Keville has been named office managing partner for Winston & Strawn’s Houston office and a member of the firm’s executive committee.

. . . Michael W. Bailey has joined Wick Phillips Gould & Martin in Dallas as an associate with the corporate and finance group.

Elections

. . . Matthew C. Ryan and Travis W. Brown, partners in Allensworth & Porter in Austin, have been voted chairman-elect of the State Bar of Texas’ Construction Law Section and chairman of the Austin Bar Association’s Construction Law Section, respectively, for the 2012-2013 term.

Honors

. . . The State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association have selected the following to its fifth annual leadership academy: Michelle Alden, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Dallas; Raymond Baeza, Farmers Insurance, El Paso; Emma Cano, Haynes and Boone, San Antonio; Chalon Clark-Thomas, Brown McCarroll, Dallas; Tobias Cole, Midani, Hinkle & Cole, Houston; David Collins, Law Office of Derek R. Van Gilder, Bastrop; C. Michael Davis, The Law Offices of Jim Parsons, Palestine; Carina Garza, Griffith & Garza, Pharr; Aurora Martinez Jones, The Martinez Jones Law Firm, Austin; Rudolph Karl Metayer, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Austin; Barbara Nicholas, White & Wiggins, Addison; Ashley Pate, Potter Minton, Tyler; LiLan Ren, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin; Jessica Rivera, Haynes and Boone, Houston; Eduardo Romero, Villarreal & Romero, Laredo; Justin Smith, Norton & Wood, Texarkana; Rabeea Sultan, The Sultan Law Firm, Houston; Karla Vargas, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, El Paso; Gregory Wilson, L.M. Tatum PLLC, San Antonio; and Alex Yarbrough, Sprouse Shrader Smith, Amarillo.

New Locations/New Firm

. . . Hay Compere has opened offices on South Padre Island and in Lakeway. The firm acquired the business of the Law Office of Cynthia A. Jezek on South Padre Island. Cynthia A. Jezek has joined Hay Compere as a partner. The new office is located at 104 W. Bahama, Suite D, South Padre Island; telephone (512) 467-6060; fax (877) 467-6161. The firm’s new Lakeway office is located at 1913 RR 620 South, Suite 101; telephone (512) 467-6060; fax (512) 263-0549; www.haycompere.com.

. . . Chris Johns and Luke Ellis of Austin and Joseph Marrs and Justin Hodge of Houston have opened Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge. The Austin office is located at 300 W. Sixth St., Suite 1950; telephone (512) 215-4078. The Houston office is located at 1001 Fannin, Suite 760; telephone (713) 609-9503; http://www.jmehlaw.com.