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NEW POSITIONS . . . Aimee L. Stonehas joined Brackett & Ellis in Fort Worth as an associate. She was formerly with Bakutis, McCully & Sawyer in Fort Worth. Her practice areas are estate planning, probate, business and tax. . . . Royce S. Lanninghas joined Gauntt & Kruppstadt in The Woodlands as an associate. His practice focuses primarily on wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and guardianship as well as commercial real estate and general and complex business transactions. . . . Ralph J. Zatzkisand Buena Vista Lyonshave joined Ford & Harrison in Dallas as a labor and employment partner and senior counsel, respectively. Zatzkis was previously with Fisher & Phillips. Lyons was previously with Andrews Kurth. . . . Brian E. Waltershas joined Brown McCarroll in Austin as an associate with the corporate, tax and general business section. . . . Murray Foglerand Tom McDadehave joined Beck Redden & Secrest in Houston as a partner and of counsel, respectively. Both practice commercial law and previously were with McDade Fogler. APPOINTMENTS . . . Gov. Rick Perry has appointed John A. Menchaca II, a shareholder in Winstead’s Austin office, and Christopher J. Rourk, a partner in Jackson Walker’s Dallas office, to the One-Call Board. The board has authority over “Call Before You Dig” systems that notify underground facility operators of excavation plans so pipelines and utility lines can be marked to prevent accidents. . . . Charles M. Noteboomof Hurst’s NOTEBOOM – The Law Firm has been appointed the Tarrant County lawyer for the Mexican Consulate, which serves more than 1 million Mexican nationals who live in North Texas. . . . Winstead shareholder Phillip L. Lambersonof Dallas has been appointed chairman of the firm’s business restructuring/bankruptcy practice group. AWARDS . . . Allan B. Polunskyhas received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association. Polunsky is the managing partner and founder of Polunsky & Beitel and is based in San Antonio. . . . The San Antonio Bar Association has presented the following awards: Jack Pasqual, Joe Frazier Brown Sr. Award of Excellence; Beth Squiresof the Squires Law Firm, San Antonio Young Lawyers Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award; and Diann M. Bartekof Cox Smith Matthews, Outstanding Mentor Award. . . . Robert Hyer Thomas, a partner in Strasburger & Price in Dallas, has received a Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award. The honor recognizes an attorney’s longtime commitment to the legal profession. . . . Claudine Jackson, a shareholder in Brackett & Ellis in Fort Worth, has been named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. ELECTION . . . Craig Jetthas been sworn in as the 37th president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is of counsel at Burleson, Pate & Gibson in Dallas. NEW FIRM . . . Aaron R. Millerhas formed the Miller Law Firm, 8080 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1400, Dallas 75206; telephone (214) 292-4225; fax (214) 292-4224.

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