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NEW POSITIONS . . . Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr has added three attorneys in Dallas: D. Ronald Reneker, shareholder, litigation; John L. Thompson, associate, litigation; and Brian P. DeVoss, senior associate, real estate. . . . David W. Smith has become a commercial litigation partner in Eggleston & Briscoe in Houston. Daphne Newaz has joined the firm as a litigation associate, and Brad Raffle has become of counsel, focusing his practice on environmental law. . . . Jeremy Gaston has become a partner in Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Houston. Jeffrey Oldham has joined the firm as a litigation associate. . . . Pierre J. Hubert has become a principal in McKool Smith in Austin. Craig N. Tolliver has joined the firm as an associate. . . . Nickolas G. Spiliotis has joined Winstead’s Houston office as an associate with the labor and employment section. Michael F. Alessio, a shareholder in the real estate section of Winstead’s Dallas office, has been elected to the firm’s executive committee. . . . Will Woods has become a partner in DLA Piper’s Dallas office. His practice focuses primarily on franchise and distribution law. . . . Beirne, Maynard & Parsons has added a restructuring and insolvency group to its litigation practice. Partner Vince Slusher and associates Cyndee Cole and Seth Moore will divide their time between the Dallas and Houston offices. . . . Cyrus N. Ansari and Noah K. Hansford have become shareholders in Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka in Dallas. . . . Thompson & Knight has elected six new partners: in Houston, Hunter M. Barrow, trial, and Harry R. Beaudry, corporate and securities; in Dallas, Gregory D. Binns, trial, Jolisa Melton Dobbs, oil and gas, and Robert D. Probasco, tax; and in Austin, Gaye White, oil and gas. Peter J. Riley has been elected to his seventh term as managing partner of the firm. Texas members of the 2007 management committee include Rhett G. Campbell, Susan E. Coleman, James W. McKellar, Dallas Parker, Emily A. Parker, Michael K. Pierce, Stephen C. Rasch, Ricky A. Raven, Bruce S. Sostek and Jeffrey A. Zlotky. . . . Alan L. Campbell, formerly head of the health-care section at Cowles & Thompson, has joined Kyle Mathis & Lucas as a partner. The Dallas firm’s new name is Kyle Campbell Mathis & Lucas. . . . Toby Shook, Bill Wirskye and Neil Pask have joined Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl in Dallas as partners. AWARD . . . Dallas’ Burford & Ryburn has received the Texas Treasure Business Award in Austin from the Texas Historical Commission. The award recognizes the firm’s 100 years of service to Texas and the Texas business community. Burford & Ryburn is the first law firm in the state and the first business in Dallas County to receive the award. CERTIFICATION . . . J. Brett Busby, a partner in Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Houston, has been certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. ELECTION . . . Lewis R. Sifford, president of Dallas firm Sifford, Anderson and Co., has become national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates. HONORS . . . The Houston Lawyers Foundation has named Jim Lemond one of its inaugural Legacy Fellows based on his outstanding professional and civic contributions. Lemond is a shareholder in Winstead’s Houston office. . . . Fulbright & Jaworski of counsel Jim Sales of Houston has received the National Conference of Bar Presidents’ Fellows Award. . . . Claudia Wilson Frost, partner in Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Houston, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

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