New Positions

. . . Elizabeth A. Franko has joined Winstead in Dallas as an associate.

. . . D. Steven Henry has been named senior vice president and chief legal officer of Austin Industries, effective July 1.

. . . John J. Sparacino and Randell J. Gartin have joined Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Houston as a partner and of counsel, respectively.

. . . Michael A. Stafford and Katharine D. "Kate" David have joined Gardere Wynne Sewell in Houston as partners in the trial practice group. Thomas Haskins has joined the firm as a trial associate in Dallas.

. . . Eric C. Otness has been promoted to counsel in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Houston.

. . . Marty Green has been named a principal in the Dallas office of the newly renamed firm of Polunsky Beitel Green, which has moved its headquarters to the Éilan, 17806 IH 10 West, Suite 450, San Antonio 78257; telephone (210) 349-4488.


. . . Rhonda Hunter, a partner in Farrow-Gillespie & Heath in Dallas, has been appointed to the American Bar Association Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity for a one year term beginning in August.

. . . Elizabeth A. Schartz, a partner in Thompson & Knight in Dallas, has been named secretary of the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.


. . . The Texas Exes presented 2013 University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Awards to Linda L. Addison, a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright in New York City and Houston and the firm’s global head of dispute resolution and litigation; Wallace B. Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court; and Janiece Longoria, a partner in Ogden Gibson Broocks Longoria & Hall in Houston.


. . . Charles M. Meadows Jr., a partner in Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman in Dallas, has been selected as a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and Matthew S. Beard, an associate with the firm, has been named a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.