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NEW POSITIONS . . . Carrie D. Helmcamp has joined the civil law practice of Ikard Wynne & Ratliff in Austin as an associate practicing family law and business litigation. She was with Hanna & Plaut. . . . Paula K. Knippa and Justin C. Townsend have joined Slack & Davis as associates in Austin. They practice commercial and aviation litigation. . . . Isaac Johnson IV has joined Winstead in Houston as an associate with the real estate/real estate finance practice group. . . . Mary Hazlewood has joined Cantey Hanger in Forth Worth as an general litigation associate. She was previously a law clerk to Chief Justice John Cayce at the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. . . . Patrick K. Craine and Terence J. Hart have joined Bracewell & Giuliani in Dallas as partners in the white collar criminal and regulatory defense group. Prior to joining Bracewell, both were with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr. . . . Leo John Jordan and Mark W. Romney have joined Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller as partners. John D. Gaither has become an associate, and Jerry C. Gilmore is of counsel. Jordan practices in the areas of insurance coverage and property insurance litigation. Romney’s practice areas are commercial, corporate, personal injury and international litigation. Gaither practices commercial and insurance law; and Gilmore’s general civil practice emphasizes state and local government. All are in Dallas. . . . Tony Ciccone, formerly with Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, has joined Kiester, Lockwood & Babb in Austin as a partner. . . . Mark N. Reiter has joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Dallas as a new partner and co-chairman of the firmwide intellectual property practice group. He was previously with Jones Day. APPOINTMENTS . . . D. Joseph Meister, an associate with Hughes and Luce in Dallas, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Public Finance Authority, which issues and sells bonds for designated state agencies to finance the acquisition or construction of buildings. The governor also appointed Baker & McKenzie partner Jonathan Bennett Newton of Houston and Loeffler, Tuggey, Pauerstein, Rosenthal senior partner Stanley D. Rosenberg of San Antonio to the Finance Commission, which serves to ensure that banks and other financial institutions operate soundly and responsibly. . . . Barry Senterfitt has been appointed partner in charge of the Austin office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He works in the firm’s insurance practice. . . . 44th District Court Judge Carlos R. Cortez has been appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the city of Dallas. . . . Thomas A. Leeper of Huntsville was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas State Affordale Housing Corp. board of directors. Leeper is a shareholder in Smither, Martin, Henderson and Blazek. AWARD . . . Walter J. Smith of Houston, managing partner of Baker Botts, received the Riverview School’s Dream Maker award, recognizing his commitment to furthering the quality of life for individuals with learning challenges. ELECTIONS . . . Darrell Windham, a corporate partner in Fulbright & Jaworski in Austin, has been elected president of the Texas Exes of The University of Texas at Austin, an alumni association. . . . Jeffrey S. Boyd, a trial practice and government litigation partner in Thompson & Knight in Austin, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas. NEW FIRM . . . Martin J. Siegel has opened the Law Offices of Martin J. Siegel, 815 Walker St., Suite 1600, Houston 77002; telephone (713) 226-8566; Web siegelfirm.com.

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