New Positions

. . . Antoinette “Toni” M. Jackson has joined Jones Walker in Houston as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice group and a member of the affordable housing team.

. . . Eva Turner has been elected a shareholder in Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart in Dallas. She practices labor and employment law.

. . . Stephanie Gause has been elected a partner in Bell Nunnally & Martin in Dallas. She is a member of the firm’s commercial finance, corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions and real estate practice areas.

. . . Ben Westcott has been named president and co-managing shareholder of Andrews Myers in Houston. Tim C. Ross has been promoted to shareholder in the firm. Mike Cortez and Brenton Pharis have joined the firm as senior counsel.

. . . Tyler G. Doyle has been named a partner in Smyser Kaplan & Veselka in Houston. Jennifer Caughey has joined the firm in Houston as of counsel.

. . . Stephanie S. Harrison has been named a partner in Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth. She is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group.

. . . Kelly Bagnall, a member of Dykema in Dallas, has been named the firm’s first hospitality industry group director.

. . . Phylis J. Speedlin, former justice on the Fourth Court of Appeals, has joined Cox Smith Matthews in San Antonio as of counsel in the firm’s litigation department.

. . . Jerry Clements, a partner in Locke Lord’s Austin office, has been reelected chairwoman of the firm. Bill Swanstrom, a Houston partner, has been reelected a vice-chairmen of the firm, and Thomas G. Yoxall, a Dallas partner, has been reelected to the executive committee.

. . . Catherine H. Goodman and Cynthia L. Hill have become equity partners in Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller in Fort Worth where Natalie S. Brackett, H. Brandon Jones and Aimee L. Stone have been named partners.

. . . Marcy Hogan Greer has joined Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend as a partner in Austin.

. . . Bradley Reeves has joined Coats Rose in Houston as an associate with the litigation and construction/surety law sections.

. . . Thad Thano Dameris has joined Arnold & Porter as a partner and heads the firm’s new Houston office. Christopher M. Odell has joined the firm as a partner, and Trevor R. Jefferies has joined as counsel. Both are in Houston.

. . . R. Casey Low has joined Bracewell & Giuliani in Austin as a trial and appellate partner.

. . . Robert Callaway, a real estate attorney, has joined Shackelford, Melton & McKinley as of counsel in Dallas.

. . . Mike DeBruin has has become a member in Connatser Family Law in Dallas.

. . . Suzette Selden has become a partner in George Brothers Kincaid & Horton in Austin.

. . Steven D. Baker has joined Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips in Austin as counsel.


. . . Cory J.H. Crenshaw, who served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as Jefferson County criminal district attorney for a term to expire at the next general election.

. . . Bret Griffin, a Friendswood solo and former Galveston County assistant district attorney, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the 212th District Court for a term to expire at the next general election.

. . . Lindsey Scott, who served as an assistant criminal district attorney in Jefferson County, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the 252nd District Court for a term to expire at the next general election.


. . . Pete Winstead, a shareholder in Winstead in Austin, received the Distinguished Lawyer Award at the annual Austin Bar Foundation Gala on Feb. 1.

. . . Rob Crain, a partner in Crain Lewis, has received the Award of Excellence from the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation.

. . . Laura Gibson, a partner in Ogden Gibson Broocks Longoria & Hall in Houston, has received the Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award from the State Bar of Texas Minority Counsel Program.


. . . David Pratt, director in Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, has been elected chairman of the Dallas Bar Association’s Real Estate Property Section.

. . . Jordan W. Cowman, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig in Dallas, has become chairman of the Texas Business Hall of Fame.


. . . Rhonda Reed Weiner, a partner in Gardere Wynne Sewell in Houston, and Audrey Momanaee, an associate with the firm in Houston, have been elected fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.

. . . Wasif Qureshi, a Houston principal in Fish & Richardson, has been named to the 2014 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows program.

New Name

. . . Gordon & Rees, which has its Texas offices in Houston, Dallas and Austin, has officially changed its name to Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani.