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NEW POSITIONS . . . The following have become partners in McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore in Austin: Cheryl Burtzel, Amy Clark Meachum, Chris Oddo and Sky Scherer. Burtzel focuses her practice on technology transactions, telecommunications, and privacy and data security. Clark practices general civil litigation. Oddo and Scherer focus their practices on litigation. . . . The following have become partners in Fulbright & Jaworski: in Austin, Michael Barrett and Mark Garrett; in Dallas, Linda Merritt, Mark A. Platt and Kristen Ieyoub Savant; in Houston, Graig Alvarez, Darryl Anderson, Eric Hall, Shawn O’Brien and Seth Wexler; and in San Antonio, Michael O’Donnell. . . . Cathy F. Bailey has joined Steed Flagg in Rockwall as a senior associate. . . . Houston construction firm Andrews Myers Coulter & Cohen announced that Jeff Lefkowitz is joining the firm as senior counsel and Mason Hester and David Andrew Van Buskirk are joining as associates. . . . Gene Fondren has joined Hilgers Bell & Richards in Austin as of counsel. His practice will be primarily devoted to working with businesses in the automotive industry. . . . Aaron R. Ramirez has joined Jackson Lewis as a labor and employment associate in the Dallas office. . . . The following have become partners in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: in Austin, Michael Simons, litigation; in Dallas, M. Scott Barnard, litigation, Gemma L. Descoteaux, corporate, and Brian A. Kilmer, financial restructuring; and in Houston, John T. Goodgame, corporate. . . . Alex Gonzales has been named managing shareholder of the Austin office of Winstead. Gonzales represents financial institutions as the Austin section head of Winstead’s corporate section. . . . Matthew Beard has become an associate with Bourland, Wall & Wenzel of Fort Worth. His practice focuses on estate planning and tax. . . . Geoffrey P. Kirshbaum has become an associate with Hazen & Terrill in Austin. He practices environmental and natural resources law. . . . Eric D. Marchand has become a partner in Meadows, Owens, Collier, Reed, Cousins & Blau in Dallas. He is a member of the estate planning practice group. APPOINTMENTS . . . Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has announced the following appointments and promotions. Eric J.R. Nichols has become deputy attorney general for criminal justice. David S. Morales has become deputy AG for civil litigation. Casey Hoffman has become executive first assistant attorney general. Alicia Key has become deputy AG for child support. Abbott reappointed First Assistant Attorney General Kent Sullivan, Solicitor General Ted Cruz, Deputy AG for Legal Counsel Ellen Witt, and Deputy AG for Government and External Affairs Stacey Napier. In addition, Deputy First Assistant AG Jeff Rose will continue in his current role but also directly manage three of the agency’s litigation divisions: Consumer Protection & Public Health, Antitrust & Civil Medicaid Fraud, and Natural Resources. ELECTION . . . John R. Howie Jr. has been elected to the boards of directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a founding partner of Howie, Broome & Bobo in Dallas.

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