New Positions

. . . Holly E. Engelmann and Kevin Kneupper have been promoted to principals in McKool Smith in Dallas and Austin, respectively.

. . . Kate M. Landrum has become an associate with the real estate finance practice group in Winstead in Dallas.

. . . Natalie J. Carlgren, David W. Cook and Christopher S. Greer have been named partners in Kelly Hart & Hallman in Fort Worth.

. . . Maria “Kiki” Karos, a partner in Sedgwick in Dallas, has been named chairwoman of the Sedgwick Women’s Forum.

. . . Wayne P. Bunch Jr. has joined DLA Piper in Houston as a partner in the firm’s franchise and distribution practice.

. . . Alan P. Baden has joined Thompson & Knight in Houston as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities practice group.

. . . Santiago “Jimmy” Alaniz has been promoted to partner in Fisher & Phillips in San Antonio. He represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law.

. . . Michael Wysocki has been named a partner in McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing in Dallas.

. . . J. Paulo Flores has joined Ford Nassen as a shareholder in Dallas.

. . . Aaron Crane, a litigator, has been promoted to partner in Hogan Lovells in Houston.

. . . Steve Jenkins has joined Jackson Walker in Dallas as a partner in the real estate practice group.

. . . Marc Matthews, whose practice focuses on admiralty and tort litigation, has become a partner in Phelps Dunbar in Houston.

. . . Phil C. Appenzeller Jr., a shareholder in Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas, has been named the firm’s CEO. E. Lee Morris, another Dallas shareholder, has succeeded Appenzeller as Munsch Hardt’s chief operating officer.