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NEW POSITIONS . . . N. Claire Abernathy has joined Brown McCarroll in Longview as an associate with the business litigation section. She previously was with Vinson & Elkins. . . . Jared M. Rusman has joined the tax department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas. He joins the firm as a partner from the New York office of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. . . . Michael Regier has joined VHA Inc. in Irving, a national health-care alliance, as general counsel and senior vice president of legal and corporate affairs. He formerly was with Seton Healthcare Network in Austin. . . . Mike Santa Maria, Todd Bowers and Kevin Maher have joined the international practice group at Baker & McKenzie in Dallas. Santa Maria is the partner in charge of the group. Bowers is of counsel, and Maher is an associate. They were formerly with DLA Piper. . . . Greg Barker has joined Porter & Hedges in Houston as a partner in the energy and real estate practice groups. He previously was with Fulbright & Jaworski. . . . Martha Worner has joined labor and employment firm Fisher & Phillips as an associate in Houston. She previously was with Baker Botts. . . . Stefanie K. Major has joined Godwin Pappas Ronquillo in Dallas as an associate with the commercial litigation section. She previously was with Baron & Budd. . . . Three associates have joined Jackson Walker: Ashley Kirk, intellectual property, San Antonio; Cassandra Crowther Quinn, regulatory and legislative matters, Austin; and Karissa Windsor, business transactions, San Antonio. . . . Chris Peirce, Jas Braich, Jason Wren, Riann Moore and Amy Pollock have joined Walters, Balido & Crain as associates in Dallas. They will focus on personal injury, premises and products liability, and business disputes. . . . Four new associates have joined intellectual property firm Patterson & Sheridan in Houston: Erik A. Knockaert, Donald B. O’Brien, Marcus W. Hammack and Monique M. Raub. APPOINTMENTS . . . Kevin Thomason, a tax partner in Thompson & Knight in Dallas, has been named chairman of the Real Estate Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. . . . Jerry Edward Turner of Blanco, a partner in Vinson & Elkins in Austin, was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Tech System Board of Regents. He is also director of the Texas Tech Foundation Inc. AWARD . . . Joseph Jamail Jr. of Houston’s Jamail & Kolius has been honored with the 2007 King of the Field Community Excellence Award from the Derrick Johnson Foundation. The mission of the former University of Texas and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker’s foundation, formed in 2005, is to enable youth to achieve academically and civically. ELECTIONS . . . Scott G. Night and Craig S. Unterberg, finance partners in Haynes and Boone in Dallas, have been elected officers of the State Bar of Texas Business Law Section. Unterberg was elected secretary treasurer, and Night was elected chairman as well as a member of the section’s council. . . . Winstead shareholders Robert Bass and Michelle Rieger were elected as council members of the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section. Bass, of Austin, was elected chairman. Rieger, of Dallas, was elected vice chairwoman. NEW OFFICE . . . Walters, Balido & Crain has opened a new office at 9801 Westheimer, Suite 302, Houston 77042.

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