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NEW POSITIONS . . . Baker Botts has announced new special counsel for 2007: in Austin, Whitney Swift; in Dallas, Keiko Ichiye, Heath Miller and Valerie Verret; and in Houston, Pat Hajovsky and Denmon Sigler. . . . DuBois, Bryant, Campbell & Schwartz has added five attorneys to its Austin office: Brian Rogers, intellectual property associate; Virginia Ramirez, corporate and real estate associate; Deidre Shearer, corporate and securities law senior attorney; Howard Nirken, corporate and securities law partner; and J. David Rowe, corporate litigation partner. . . . James R. “Jimmy” Schnurr has been named an associate with Koons Real Estate Law of Dallas, formerly Axley & Hargrove. He is starting the firm’s land use, zoning and condemnation section. . . . Godwin Pappas Langley Ronquillo in Houston has added Anne Marie Finch as a partner in the firm’s labor and employment section. Godwin Pappas partner Bruce W. Bowman Jr. has been appointed general counsel for the firm. . . . Scott Schwind has joined Fulbright & Jaworski as an energy partner in Houston. . . . Elizabeth C. Boddy has become a partner in Drought, Drought & Bobbit of San Antonio. . . . Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law bankruptcy professor David Epstein has joined Haynes and Boone in Dallas as of counsel. . . . Katherine L. Laws has joined Steed Flagg in Rockwall as a senior associate. . . . Winstead Sechrest & Minick announced seven new shareholders for 2007: in The Woodlands, Paul Aubert, corporate/securities and biotechnology; in Houston, Bud Ehrlich, intellectual property and technology; and in Dallas, Laurie Jardine, litigation/dispute resolution, Richard Leucht, banking and credit transactions, Frasher Murphy, bankruptcy and business restructuring, Chris Nixon, real estate structured finance, and Bill Weinberg, real estate financing. Houston shareholder Robert C. Shaddox has been named chairman of Winstead’s intellectual property section. APPOINTMENT . . . Brian Thompson, an associate with McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, has been appointed to the Human Rights Commission for the Austin City Council. AWARDS . . . The State Bar of Texas has recognized the following: U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson, Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award; Andrew Evans, Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award of Merit; and the Amarillo Area Bar Association, Stars of Texas Bars Outstanding Partnership Award and a certificate of achievement. . . . David E. Chamberlain, the former president of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and an attorney with Chamberlain &f McHaney in Austin and San Antonio, has received the Fred Sievert Award from DRI, the national association of civil defense lawyers, bestowed annually on the top defense bar leader in the nation. ELECTIONS . . . Vernon E. Rew Jr., a shareholder in the securities and mergers and acquisitions practice group at Winstead Sechrest & Minick, has been elected chairman of the TECH Fort Worth board of directors. . . . Vickie Driver, an associate with Greenberg Traurig of Dallas, has been elected vice chairwoman of the Dallas Bar Association Bankruptcy Section. NEW ADDRESS . . . Albine Harrison Roach’s new office is located at 5000 Legacy Plaza, Suite 300, Plano 75024; telephone 972-801-9490; fax 972-801-9407; Web .

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