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NEW POSITIONS . . . Matthew Beard has joined the tax and estates section of Jackson Walker in Dallas. Robyn North has joined the real estate practice group in Fort Worth. Both are associates. . . . Derrick Mitchell has joined Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston as a partner in the public law section. He was previously with Winstead. . . . Paulina Lipets has joined Burleson Cook in Houston as of counsel, focusing on corporate and securities matters. She was formerly with Bracewell & Giuliani. . . . Ladd R. Gibke has joined Cozen O’Connor in Dallas as an associate with the subrogation and recovery department. He was formerly with Baron & Budd. . . . Benita Lee Prol has joined the public finance group of Winstead in Austin as an associate. . . . Michael L. Baum has become a partner in Gibson, McClure, Wallace & Daniels in Dallas. His practice focuses on employment, personal injury and general civil litigation. . . .The following have joined Greenberg Traurig as associates: Jennifer Jones and Kelly Frazier, corporate and securities, Dallas; and Edwin Rodriguez, tax, John Tobin, corporate and securities, and Mark Chretien, intellectual property, Houston. . . . Mark R. Murphy has joined Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison and Tate in San Antonio as a litigation associate. APPOINTMENTS . . . Michael Kuhn, a partner in the transactions, financial services and real estate sections of Jackson Walker in Houston, has been appointed to a three-year term on the State Bar of Texas’ Standing Committee on Professionalism. . . . Carol Payne, a litigation partner in Vinson & Elkins in Dallas, has been appointed to the State Bar of Texas’ standing committee on Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. HONORS . . . Richard S. “Dick” Gieger, of counsel at Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons in Dallas, received the Raymond Mauk Leadership Award. The honor is the Insurance Council of Texas’ highest, recognizing those who make a significant difference in the insurance business annually. . . . Cynthia Day Grimes has been chosen as Medmarc Insurance Group’s Attorney of the Year. Grimes, a shareholder in Ball & Weed in San Antonio, has represented Medmarc policy holders for more than 15 years. San Antonio shareholder Ruth G. Malinas was also chosen for Medmarc’s Attorney Honor Role. . . . Brent Coon of Brent Coon & Associates in Beaumont has received the Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award from the American Association of Justice. The award recognizes those whose cases tell the story of American civil justice and educate national and state policy makers and the public about consumers’ rights. . . . P. Mike McCullough, a tax partner in Thompson & Knight in Dallas, has received the Dallas Historical Society’s Volunteer Leadership Award. ELECTION . . . Les Weisbrod, a partner in Miller, Curtis & Weisbrod in Dallas, has been elected to serve a one-year term as president-elect of the American Association for Justice. His practice focuses on catastrophic injury and medical malpractice.

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