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NEW POSITIONS . . . Catharina Haynes has rejoined Baker Botts in Dallas as a partner in the firm’s litigation department. She was previously judge of Dallas County’s 191st District Court. . . . The following have joined Beck, Redden & Secrest in Houston: of counsel S. Douglas Pritchett Jr. and associates Tim Cleveland, Nakia Davis and William Getschow. . . . Jason Davis has rejoined Thompson & Knight as a trial partner in Austin. He will lead the firm’s white-collar crime practice group. . . . The following have become partners in Vinson & Elkins: in Austin, Jennifer B. Poppe, litigation; in Dallas, Robert B. Little and Christopher R. Rowley, corporate finance and securities, and David S. Peck, tax; and in Houston, Brett E. Braden and Jeffery K. Malonson, corporate finance and securities, Jeffrey S. Johnston and Jason M. Powers, litigation, Keith W. Lapeze, environmental, and Paris A. Theofanidis, business and international law. . . . The following have become partners in Jones Day: in Dallas, Stephanie D. Clouston, business litigation, and Daniel T. Conrad, intellectual property; and in Houston and Shanghai, J. Benjamin Bai, intellectual property. . . . The following have joined Baker & Hostetler as associates in Houston: Laura A. Lawton, James H. Nye, Stephen T. Olson, John W. Petrelli III and Sarah M. Tobin. . . . The following have joined Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Houston as associates: David Chang and T.H. Watters III, litigation and international arbitration practice group, and Bola Coker, banking and finance practice group. . . . The following have become partners in Hermes Sargent Bates: Kristen Blanford, Adam Reed, Andrew Soule and Cynthia Tari. The following have become equity partners in the firm: Frank Alvarez and Monte Hurst. Transportation associate Brock Whalen has joined the firm. . . . Todd Betanzos and Dawn Shawger of Dallas have become partners in Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold. . . . Phil Appenzeller, a shareholder in Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas, has been named chairman of the firm’s litigation practice. . . . Frank Waite has joined Thompson & Knight as of counsel in the Dallas office, working in the government litigation practice. . . . William “Bill” Davidson and Jason Walker have become construction law shareholders in Andrews Myers Coulter & Cohen in Houston. . . . The following have joined Fulbright & Jaworski’s tax practice: partners Andrius Kontrimas and Patrick O’Daniel, senior counsel Lisa Rossmiller and counsel Donna Harris. All are in Houston, except for O’Daniel, who is in Austin. APPOINTMENT . . . Michael Appleman, a partner in Cantey Hanger (in Fort Worth, has been appointed the first chairman of Vision Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s young professionals group. Appleman’s practice focuses on estate, probate, guardianship, tax and small business law. AWARDS . . . The president of Finland has bestowed upon (Edward Walker, real estate of counsel at Jenkens & Gilchrist in Dallas, a Knight First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland, based on Walker’s service to Finland as honorary consul for North Texas and Oklahoma. Additionally, the Finnish-American Business Guild presented Walker with the organization’s Outstanding Service Award. . . . Walker Crowson, a partner in Crowson & Crowson in El Paso, was named the 2006 Professional of the Year by the El Paso Society for Human Resource Management. ELECTIONS . . . Gene Nettles, a litigation partner in Porter & Hedges, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Houston Division of the Texas Chapter of the March of Dimes and member of the executive committee of the Texas Chapter of the March of Dimes. Litigation partner Jeff Elkin was elected chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston. Litigation associate Ben Westcott was elected vice chairman of the Houston Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Political Action Committee, and banking and finance associate Joyce Kao Soliman was appointed co-chairwoman of the 2007 Gala Committee of the Asian American Bar Association. All four attorneys are based in Houston. . . . Baylor University has given the following lawyers its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award: James B. Adams of Kerrville, attorney and retired director of the Texas Department of Public Safety; San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger, former chief justice of the 4th Court of Appeals; and Walter Umphrey of Beaumont, senior managing partner of Provost H Umphrey. . . . Nina Cortell, a partner in Haynes and Boone in Dallas, has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Members must establish a distinguished reputation over 15 years in practice substantially focused on appeals. . . . Scott Griffith, founding director of Griffith & Nixon, has been elected chairman of the Construction Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association. NEW ADDRESS . . . William H. Lemons has relocated his office and mediation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice to 4040 Broadway, Suite 616, San Antonio 78209; telephone (210) 224-5079; fax (210) 930-5082. NEW FIRM . . . Grant Cook, formerly with Thompson & Knight in Houston, has established the Cook Law Firm, 909 Fannin, Suite 1200, Houston 77010; telephone (713) 654-4330; fax (713) 654-4343.

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