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NEW POSITIONS . . . Dale Head and Rob Scamardo have joined the Phillips & Reiter Law Firm in Houston. Head was formerly general counsel for Clear Channel Entertainment. Scamardo previously served as general counsel of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. . . . John Henderson, Tori Levine and Bryan Pollard, formerly partners in Brown McCarroll, have become partners in Wilson Elser in Dallas focusing on commercial and complex multiparty litigation. Kendall Vela, formerly of counsel at Brown McCarroll, also has joined Wilson Elser as of counsel. She practices complex multiparty litigation. . . . Christopher M. Menczer has joined Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins & Blau in Dallas as an associate with the litigation section. . . . Coti J. Edwards has joined Munck Butrus in Dallas as an intellectual property associate. She previously was in-house counsel for CMG Worldwide Inc. . . . Jonathan Blum has been appointed associate general counsel at Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure. . . . Greg W. Rayford has joined Andrews Kurth in Houston as a partner in the corporate/securities group. He previously was corporate counsel for Science Applications International Corp. . . . Henry J. Kaim has joined King & Spalding in Houston as a bankruptcy and financial restructuring partner. He previously was with Bracewell & Giuliani. . . . Commercial litigation attorney Jeff Shadwick has joined Andrews Myers Coulter & Cohen in Houston as senior counsel. . . . John W. Menke has joined Haynes and Boone in Houston as of counsel. His practice focuses on corporate securities. He previously was with Boyer & Ketchand. AWARDS . . . Sandy Weiner, a partner in Vinson & Elkins in Houston, has received the Distinguished Real Estate Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award from the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. . . . Paul N. Gold, a partner in Aversano & Gold in Houston, received the Gene Cavin Award from the State Bar of Texas. The honor recognizes attorneys for excellence in continuing legal education. . . . Fran Phillips, an environmental partner in Gardere Wynne Sewell in Dallas, has received the Ebby Rose of Distinction Award. The honor is presented to outstanding citizens who have improved the lives of others in the community. ELECTIONS . . . George Edward Pickle Jr. is the new vice president of corporate and Michael Connelly is the treasurer-elect for the International Association of Defense Counsel. Pickle is the senior government affairs counsel for Shell Oil Co. in Humble. Connelly is a founding partner of Connelly “Baker “Wotring “Jackson in Houston. . . . Phil Freeman, a technology industry and corporate and securities shareholder in Winstead in San Antonio, has been elected to the board of directors of the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative, a nonprofit organization that fosters the creation and expansion of technology companies. . . . Mike Lynn, a partner in Lynn Tillotson & Pinker in Dallas, has been elected co-chairman of the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Federal Practice Task Force. NEW OFFICES . . . Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold has moved to 1111 Bagby St., Suite 2300, Houston 77002; telephone (832) 426-7000; fax (832) 426-7009. . . . Rebecca Gottsegen, a labor and employment partner in Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carr�re & Den�gre, has moved to the firm’s Houston office.

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