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NEW POSITIONS . . . Rhonda R. Chandler has joined Hughes Watters Askanase in Houston as of counsel in the litigation and bankruptcy practice groups. She previously was with Munsch, Hardt, Kopf & Harr. . . . Denise Scofield has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Houston as a partner in the litigation practice. She will focus on product liability, toxic tort defense and commercial litigation. Also joining the Houston litigation practice is associate Beth Hughes, whose practice will focus on complex mass torts, toxic torts and personal injury. . . . David Chappell has joined Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth as counsel. He previously was with Chappell Hill. His practice focuses on civil litigation and government representation. . . . Derek Seal, former general counsel for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, has joined Winstead in Austin. He is an associate with the energy and environmental law practice group. . . . K. Adam Rothey has joined Godwin Pappas Ronquillo in Dallas as an associate with the commercial litigation section. He previously was a clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby of the Southern District of Texas. . . . Trial lawyer Will W. Pierson has become partner-in-charge of Royston Rayzor’s San Antonio office. Nicholas A. Parma has moved from the firm’s Houston office to its San Antonio office. He is an associate focusing on civil litigation, contract disputes, torts, employment and appellate law. APPOINTMENT . . . Gov. Rick Perry has appointed John T. Hubert of Kingsville as district attorney of Kleberg and Kenedy counties to serve until the next general election. AWARD . . . Allan Van Fleet, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig in Houston, has received the 2007 Rule of Law Award from the American Bar Association. The honor recognizes his dedication and commitment to promoting the rule of law around the world as a pro bono volunteer. ELECTIONS . . . Jeanne C. “Cezy” Collins has been elected vice president of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. Collins is a litigation partner in Kemp Smith in El Paso. . . . Kelly Frels, senior partner in Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston, has been elected to chair the board of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium. The board oversees independent scientific research on clean air issues in Texas. . . . The Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association has announced its new officers for the 2007-2008 term: president, Joel Heydenburk of Jackson Walker; president-elect, Caroline Harrison of Cantey Hanger; vice president, Leslie Hunt of Decker, Jones, McMackin, McClane, Hall & Bates; secretary, Theresa Berend of Harris, Finley & Bogle; and treasurer, Rob Sherwin, associate professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Directors for the term are Jennifer Willingham of Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell; Courtney Cox of Jackson Walker; Paul Denney of Hughes & Luce; Brooke Ulrickson of Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell; James Korth of Cantey Hanger; and Jeff Kubes of the Perry Law Firm. . . . William M. Katz Jr., a partner in the trial practice group at Thompson & Knight in Dallas, has been elected chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s Insurance Industry Committee and chairman-elect of the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section for 2007-2008. NEW ADDRESSES . . . Winstead has moved to the JPMorgan Chase Tower at 600 Travis St., Suite 1100, Houston, 77002; telephone (713) 650-8400; fax (713) 650-2400. . . . Royston Rayzor has opened an office at 8000 I.H. 10 West, Suite 624, San Antonio, 78230; telephone (210) 525-7942; fax (210) 525-7943. NEW OFFICE . . . Kelly Hart & Hallman has opened a Houston office with partners James Derrick, David Hedges, Max Hendrick and J. Clark Martin.

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