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NEW POSITIONS . . . Marc K. Whyte has joined Jackson Walker’s San Antonio office as an associate with the litigation section. New associates in the firm’s Houston office are: John Reed Sallaway, business transactions, and Theresa R. Nassif, litigation. . . . Stacey Reese has joined McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore in Austin as an associate. Her practice focuses on general litigation and school law. Sarah A. Weber has joined the firm as an associate with the Houston office. Her practice focuses on education law and insurance defense. . . . Victoria L. Cook and William R.H. Merrill have become partners in Susman Godfrey in Houston. . . . Nikki Morton has joined Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Liser, Proctor & Hart in Fort Worth as an associate focusing on general civil litigation. . . . Myall Hawkins has joined Baker & McKenzie’s Houston office as an intellectual property partner. He was previously with Jenkens & Gilchrist. . . . J. Kirby Barry has joined Burleson Cooke as a partner focusing on oil and gas operations. . . . The following Locke Liddell & Sapp associates have been promoted to partner: in Dallas, Melissa Munson Winchester, corporate and securities; and in Houston, Antroy Arreola, commercial litigation; Ben Cowan, environmental law; David Gregory, labor and employment; Eric Johnson, corporate and securities; and Philip Lau, energy and technology. . . . The following have become shareholders in Jenkens & Gilchrist in Dallas. Income shareholders are: Doug Berman, corporate; Steve Dollar, litigation; Geoffrey Kay, financial institutions; and Stephen Voelker, real estate. Equity shareholders are: John Gerhart, litigation; Brian Marek, financial institutions; Mike Rist, real estate; Gregory Schmitt, corporate; and Henry Talavera, ERISA. . . . Marty Averill, Barry Cannaday and Vince Murchison have joined Patton Boggs in Dallas as partners in the energy and natural resources practice. All were previously with Baker & McKenzie. . . . Ricky A. Raven has become Thompson & Knight’s trial practice group leader. . . . Clark, Thomas & Winters has added three associates in its Austin office: Alifya Vasi Curtin and Lacy L. Leonard, automotive group of the products liability practice; and Kevin M. Flahive, land use and government affairs. APPOINTMENT . . . Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Orlinda L. Naranjo of Spicewood as judge of the 419th District Court serving Travis County. AWARDS . . . Charles “Stormy” Greef, a shareholder in Jenkens & Gilchrist’s financial institutions practice in Dallas, has received the Legend of Texas Banking Award from the Independent Bankers’ Association of Texas. The IBAT also presented Jenkens & Gilchrist with a resolution commemorating the firm’s 20 years of service as an associate member of IBAT. . . . Alison Moore of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons has received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas. ELECTIONS . . . The Arthritis Foundation of North Texas has elected Alison Moore of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons as chairman and Barkley Miller of the Law Offices of Barkley T. Miller as assistant treasurer. Moore also was elected to a three-year term on the organization’s board of directors. . . . John Schwartz, a partner in Locke Liddell & Sapp in Austin, was selected as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million- and multimillion-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. NEW FIRM . . . Eric J.W. Visser and Lee H. Shidlofsky have formed Visser Shidlofsky, 7200 N. Mopac Expressway, Suite 430, Austin 78731; telephone (512) 795-0600; fax (512) 795-0632.

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