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NEW POSITIONS . . . The following have been named partners in Gardere Wynne Sewell: in Dallas: R. Craig Baker, real estate; Steven S. Camp, banking; Michael P. Cooley, bankruptcy; John A. Eliason, tax; Brett D. Lamb, Colin Martin, Robert T. Slovak and Jeannette Vloitos, litigation; and in Houston, John T. Woodruff, tax. . . . Lisa K. Tilley and John D. Tolbert have joined Winstead’s Dallas office as real estate associates. . . . Pam Cherry has joined Marchand & Moraine as a family law associate in Dallas. . . . Paul D. Schoonover and Sandy McCorquodale have joined Kleiman Lawrence Baskind Fitzgerald in Dallas as partners. They were previously with Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox. . . . Alan Bickerstaff has joined Andrews Kurth in Austin. He is a partner in the firm’s corporate securities section and a member of the technology and emerging growth practice group. . . . Pearl Sandra Landau, formerly attorney/adviser for the U.S. Small Business Administration, has joined BNC Real Estate in Dallas as general counsel. . . . The following have becomes partners in Hoover Sloacek of Houston: Robert E. Bone, business and commercial litigation; Frank B. Mapel III, estate planning, tax, general corporate, business organizations, probate and estate; David N. Morrell Jr., commercial real estate, commercial transactions and business organizations; Thomas M. Pickford Jr., business and complex commercial litigation; Thi “Nina” A. Tran, business and commercial law, real estate and construction law, creditor’s rights, corporate law and contracts. . . . Erick S. Robinson has joined McKool Smith in Dallas as a patent and intellectual property litigation associate. . . . Steven P. Otillar has joined the Houston office of Baker & McKenzie as a partner in the major projects practice group. He was previously with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. . . . Lynn Hunt has joined David, Goodman & Madole in Dallas as a shareholder and chair of the firm’s family law section. She is a former state district court judge. . . . The following have joined immigration firm Tindall & Foster in Austin: Kevin Lashus, of counsel, and Ben Schatz and Paul Zambie, associates. . . . Robert J. Carty Jr. has become a partner in Seyfarth Shaw in Houston. He practices labor and employment law. APPOINTMENTS . . . Gov. Rick Perry has made the following appointments: Mark Alan Calhoon of Palestine, judge of the 3rd District Court serving Anderson, Henderson and Houston counties; and Thomas P. Wingate of Mission, judge of the 430th District Court serving Hidalgo County. ELECTIONS . . . Mark C. Walker, a partner in the general civil litigation section of Brown McCarroll’s El Paso office, has been elected chairman of the advisory board of the El Paso Museum of Art for 2007-2008. . . . David Patton, a partner in Locke Liddell & Sapp’s Houston office and co-chairman of the firm’s energy group, has been elected to the council of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law section of the State Bar of Texas. He will serve a three-year term, beginning in June. INDUCTION . . . Albon O. Head Jr., managing partner of the Fort Worth office of Jackson Walker, has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. AWARDS . . . Al Ellis, of counsel at Sommerman & Quesada in Dallas, received the Judith Sinclair Radman Award from the William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court for the highest standards of public service and professionalism. . . . Karin Crump, of counsel at Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom in Austin, received the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award from the St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association. . . . Nikelle Meade, a partner in Brown McCarroll in Austin, has won the Austin Under 40 Award in the legal category. The honor, presented by the Young Women’s Alliance and the Young Men’s Business League, recognizes Austinites under age 40 in 10 industry categories, who have excelled in their fields of endeavor and demonstrated outstanding service to the community.

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