New Positions

. . . Jeff M. Dobbs, Jonathan B. Judkowitz and Andrew Stanger have been promoted to partners in Mayer Brown in Houston, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

. . . Christopher A. Scifres has joined Ford Nassen in Dallas as an associate. He focuses his practice on counseling contractors and owners through all phases of the construction process.

. . . Spenser E. Reese has joined McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing in Dallas as an associate.

. . . John F. Sullivan III has joined K&L Gates in Houston as a partner in the commercial disputes practice.

. . . Michelle E. Gray, Joel T. Towner and Jacqueline Furlow have joined Beck Redden in Houston as associates.

. . . Joseph R. Struble has joined Liskow & Lewis as an associate in Houston.

. . . Bryan K. Brown and Marlen Whitley, both transactional attorneys, have joined Reed Smith in Houston as partners.

. . . Courtney Solcher Marcus has rejoined Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas as a partner in the firm’s global finance practice group in Dallas. Chris Lopez has been named counsel in Houston, effective Jan. 1, 2014. His practice focuses on business reorganization and insolvency.