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NEW POSITIONS . . . John D. Marziotti has been named Newfield Exploration Co.’s general counsel. . . . Jeff Hines has joined Marchand & Moraine in Denton as an associate practicing family and probate law. . . . Maria Wyckoff Boyce has been named partner-in-charge of Baker Botts in Houston. She is a commercial and intellectual property litigator. . . . Kevin McInnis has joined Looper Reed & McGraw in Houston as a partner, and Kate McConnico has been promoted to partner. McInnis, who practices real estate law, formerly was with Berie, Lamberth & McInnis. McConnico focuses on family law and general litigation. . . . Michael D. Seale has joined McGlinchey Stafford in Victoria as a labor, employment and health-care partner. . . . Michael Barton, David L. Green and Xavier Jordan have joined Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Houston as associates. Barton, formerly with Locke Liddell & Sapp, and Green, from Baron & Budd, are with the energy and environmental practice group. Jordan, from Baker Hostetler, is with the corporate practice group. . . . Paul H. Cross has joined Godwin Pappas Ronquillo as a senior attorney in Dallas practicing in the public law section. He formerly was a solo. . . . Kimberlee S. Cagle has joined Burleson Cooke in Houston as counsel focusing on finance and banking. She previously was a partner in Mayer Brown & Platt. . . . William J. Moore has joined Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas as a litigation associate. . . . Irene L. Hosford and Kassandra G. McLaughlin have joined the real estate section of Brown McCarroll in Dallas. Hosford is a partner, and McLaughlin is of counsel. They previously were with Hosford Law. APPOINTMENTS . . . David G. Cabrales of Dallas has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as general counsel to the governor’s office. Cabrales formerly was an equity member of Locke Liddell & Sapp in Dallas. . . . Chris Day has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Real Estate Commission for a term to expire on Jan. 31, 2013. He is a partner in the Norman Law Firm in Jacksonville. AWARDS . . . Jim E. Lavine of Zimmermann, Lavine, Zimmermann & Sampson in Houston has received the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The award is named for the association’s 18th president and recognizes a criminal-defense attorney who personally and professionally exemplifies the goals and values of the association and the legal profession. . . . Richard S. “Dick” Geiger has received the Raymond Mauk Leadership Award from the Insurance Council of Texas. He is of counsel at Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons in Dallas. The award recognizes people who have made a difference in the insurance business. . . . Caroline Baker, judge of the 151st District Court in Harris County, has received the Star for Girls’ Education Award from Aspiring Youth of Houston. . . . Hughes Watters Askanase of Houston has received a 2006-2007 Summit Award from Fidelity National Foreclosure Solutions, a division of FIS Default Solutions. The award recognizes the firm’s superior performance in foreclosure and bankruptcy. ELECTION . . . Wayne B. Mason, a partner in Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold in Dallas, is the new president of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. During his 2007-2008 term, he will serve as a member of the board of directors for both the Defense Research Institute and the Lawyers for Civil Justice. HONORS . . . The following have been named to the Leadership Dallas Class of 2008 by the Greater Dallas Chamber: Kelly Dybala of Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Ross Forbes of Jackson Walker; Brett Lamb of Gardere Wynne Sewell; Pat Larkin of Strasburger & Price; Courtney Marcus of Fulbright & Jaworski; and Eliot Raffkind of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. All are partners in the firms’ Dallas offices.

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