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NEW POSITIONS . . . Robert Eckels has joined Fulbright & Jaworski as a partner in Houston. His practice will focus on administrative, regulatory and government relations as well as public-private partnerships and national public finance. . . . Larry Johnson has become an equity shareholder and Carrie Johnson Phaneuf and Sharon Jett have become shareholders in Cowles & Thompson in Dallas. Johnson practices commercial litigation, construction law and professional liability. Phaneuf practices commercial litigation, premises liability, product liability and professional liability. Jett practices banking and credit transactions, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, corporate and business, and real estate/real estate finance. . . . Michael S. Colvin has joined the Dallas and New York offices of Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder. West Palm Beach, Fla., associate Thomas J. Surgent has moved to the firm’s Dallas office. . . . Patricia B. Lehtola has joined the public law section of Godwin Pappas Ronquillo as a partner in Dallas. . . . Nicola Hobeiche has joined ORIX USA Corp. in Dallas as in-house counsel in the litigation group. . . . The Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism has selected William J. Chriss to lead the Austin nonprofit organization as executive director. . . .Valerie K. Friedrich and Jonathan J. Martin have been elected partners in Baker & McKenzie in Houston. Associate Michael Dai has moved to the firm’s Houston office from its Hong Kong office. . . . Christopher J. Parvin has joined Palmer Manuel in Dallas as an attorney practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and estate planning. . . . Kevin S. Mullen and Gustavo Edelberto Cuadra have joined the Dallas office of Littler Mendelson as associates. Russell D. Chapman has joined the Dallas office as of counsel. Melodie K. Craft has been named a shareholder in the Dallas office. . . . Zeena Angadicheril has joined Winstead in Dallas as an associate in the real estate section. . . . Karin Crump has joined Lakeside Mediation Center in Austin. She will remain of counsel at Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom. She recently was honored by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association as a 2007 Pathfinder, an award recognizing local women with law degrees for being role models and trailblazers. . . . Dona Szak has become a partner in Ajamie LLP in Houston. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and business counseling. APPOINTMENTS . . . Andrews Kurth Houston partner Doris Rodriguez has been named to the board of the Texas Diversity Council, an organization committed to promoting diversity in the workplace and community. . . . Littler Mendelson shareholder Sherry L. Travers has been named chairwoman of the labor and employment law section of the Dallas Bar Association. . . . Bracewell & Giuliani Houston partner Jeff Horner has been named to the advisory board of the Faithful Fathering Initiative in Texas. The organization promotes fathering issues and provides a variety of services to young fathers throughout Texas. HONORS . . . The University of Texas School of Law has selected DeMetris Sampson for induction into the Honorary Order of the Coif. Sampson is managing partner of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson’s Dallas office and chairwoman of the firm’s management committee. . . . Thompson & Knight has become the first Houston law firm to join the Community of Respect program of the Anti-Defamation League. The program provides tools and resources to help Houston-area organizations fight prejudice, bigotry and discrimination and to engender respect and appreciation for diversity.

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