New Positions

. . . Mark K. Sales has joined Diamond McCarthy in Dallas. He practices complex commercial litigation with a focus on probate, trust and fiduciary duty matters.

. . . JD Holzheauser has joined Ford Nassen & Baldwin as an associate in Austin. He represents contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners and developers in construction matters.

. . . David Seidler, a mediator and an arbitrator, has joined Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller as a partner in Fort Worth. Christian Ellis has joined the firm’s Fort Worth office as a partner in the construction practice group. Lisa A. Songy has been named administrative partner in the firm’s Dallas office.

. . . Ryan Loveless has joined Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada & Mockler in Dallas as a partner, and Linda Stahl has joined the firm as senior counsel.

. . . Trey Martinez-Fischer, a litigator and member of the Texas House of Representatives, has joined Husch Blackwell as a partner in Austin.

Awards

. . .John G. Browning, a partner in Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Dallas, has been named winner of the 2014 Burton Award for Distinguished Achievement in Legal Writing for his article “Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: Walking the Ethical Tightrope in the Use of Social Media,” published in the St. Mary’s Journal of Legal Malpractice and Ethics in 2013.

. . . Hillary H. Holmes, a corporate partner in Baker Botts in Houston, has been named recipient of the 2014 Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the Houston Young Lawyers Association.

. . . Christopher L. Graff, a member of Pirkey Barber in Austin, is the winner of the 2014 International Law Office Client Choice Award in the trademark category of intellectual property.

. . . Ron Chapman Jr., a Dallas shareholder in Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, received two Client Choice Awards from ILO. In the employment and labor category, he was overall winner for the United States and the exclusive winner for Texas.

. . . Wallace Jefferson, former Texas Supreme Court chief justice and now a partner in Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend in Austin, has been named recipient of the 2014 Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics.

. . . Barbara Ellis, of counsel at Locke Lord in Austin, has received the 2014 Pro Bono Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation.

Honors

. . . The following have become Texas Bar Foundation fellows: Kelly W. Decker, a shareholder in Decker, Jones, McMackin, McClane, Hall & Bates in Fort Worth; Greenberg Traurig Dallas shareholder Jordan W. Cowman, Austin shareholder Kendyl T. Hanks and Houston associate Pamela A. Ferguson; and Barry R. Knight, a shareholder in Winstead in Dallas.

. . .Jean C. Frizzell, a partner in Reynolds Frizzell Black Doyle Allen & Oldham in Houston, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

. . .John B. Board, judge of the 181st District Court, and Mark S. Logsdon, a partner in Mullin Hoard Brown in Amarillo, have been honored by resolutions passed by the State Bar of Texas. Board was instrumental in creating a regional drug court program covering Armstrong, Potter and Randall counties. Among other things, Logsdon is actively involved with the Amarillo Bar Association and Foundation’s Trial Academy.