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NEW POSITIONS . . . Angela M. Hahn, Marco A. Hazan-Cohen and Suzanne C. Radcliff have been promoted to partner in the subrogation and recovery group at Cozen O’Connor in Dallas. . . . John C. Pegram and Joseph Kidwell have joined Brown McCarroll in Dallas as associates. Pegram works in the commercial and general civil litigation section, while Kidwell works in the real estate section. . . . Robert Kantner has joined DLA Piper in Dallas as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. He was previously with Baker Botts. . . . Myron “Mickey” Sheinfeld and Jarrel “Jerry” McDaniel have joined King & Spalding in Houston as senior counsel. Their practice focuses on financial restructuring. They were previously with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. . . . Matthew C. Motes and Stephen L. Polozola have joined the construction practice group of Decker, Jones, McMackin, McClane, Hall & Bates in Fort Worth, and Kelly Decker has joined the real estate and lending practice group. Motes joins as of counsel, while Polozola and Decker join as associates. . . . Michael A. Pita and Rodney J. Cappel have joined the Smith Law Firm in Houston as associates. . . . Frederick “Rick” W. Addison III and Christopher “Chris” D. Speer have joined Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr as litigation and corporate/finance shareholders, respectively. Jerrod L. Allen and Nolan Knight have joined the firm as litigation associates. All are in Dallas. APPOINTMENT . . . S. David Smith, a partner in McGlinchey Stafford in Houston, has been appointed vice chairman of the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar of Texas for 2007-2008. AWARDS . . . Paul E. Ridley, a partner in Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis in Dallas, received the 2006 Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award from the Housing Crisis Center. . . . Diann Bartek of Cox Smith Matthews in San Antonio has been awarded the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association’s Outstanding Mentor Award. Bartek is a shareholder in the firm’s bankruptcy and corporate restructuring department. . . . Judge Edward Charles Prado of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has received the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston’s Lifetime Achievement Award. . . . Kathleen J. Wu, a partner in Andrews Kurth in Dallas, has received the Justice David Wellington Chew Award from the Asian-Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas. The award, established in 2002, honors those whose selfless contributions benefit the Asian-Pacific American legal community of Texas. ELECTIONS . . . Kirte M. Kinser, a partner in the commercial and general civil litigation section at Brown McCarroll in Dallas, has been elected to the Rockwall Economic Development Corp. board of directors for a two-year term. He is also serving on the planning and personnel committees. . . . Robert L. Theriot has been elected to the Houston Bar Association’s oil, gas and mineral law section council for the 2007-2008 term. He is a shareholder in Liskow & Lewis in Houston where he practices in the areas of energy and commercial litigation, and energy transactions. NEW ADDRESS . . . The Smith Law Firm has moved to 1200 Smith St., Suite 2250, Houston 77002; telephone (713) 652-5720. NEW FIRM . . . Joe Escobedo, John L. Tippit and Luis M. Cardenas have formed Escobedo, Tippit & Cardenas, 3900 N. 10th St., Suite 950, McAllen 78501; telephone (956) 618-3357; fax (956) 618-3361; Web www.etclaw.com .

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