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NEW POSITIONS . . . Kevin H. Good has joined Conner & Winters as a partner in the firm’s new Dallas office. He will focus on litigation and transactions in the aviation industry. . . . David LeBas and Sandy Webb have joined Sanders Baker in Amarillo as of counsel. They formerly were with Gwinn & Roby. LeBas will focus on complex litigation, agribusiness and banking law. Webb will focus on construction and environmental law. . . . Robert E. Hanson has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Dallas as a partner. His practice focuses on intellectual property issues surrounding agricultural biotechnology and life sciences. He formerly was with Fulbright & Jaworski. . . . Brian W. Portugal has joined Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins & Blau in Dallas as an associate. He previously was a law clerk for Judge Thomas M. Reavley of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge H. Dale Cook of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. . . . Bretton C. Gerard has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell in Dallas as a partner in the litigation section. . . . Trini Garcia has joined Gauntt & Kruppstadt in The Woodlands as an associate focusing on estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, taxation and general business transactions. . . . Monica Jacobs has joined Kelly Hart & Hallman in Austin as a partner in the environmental and administrative practice group. . . . Christopher M. McDowell has been named a partner in Dallas’ Rose ” Walker. He focuses on trade secret cases and other intellectual property litigation. . . . Leigh Ganchan has joined Haynes and Boone as a partner in Houston and will lead the office’s immigration practice group. . . . Cherie K. Batsel has become a partner in John M. Cox & Associates in Dallas practicing insurance defense litigation. APPOINTMENTS . . . Alex Gomez and Mike Shaw have been appointed to lead the recruiting committee for Andrews Kurth in Houston. Gomez, who will serve as chairman of the committee and Houston hiring partner, is a partner in the firm’s litigation practice. Shaw will serve as co-hiring partner and is a partner in the business transactions group. . . . Melissa Goodwin of Austin has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as judge of the 427th District Court to serve until the next general election. She formerly was with Potts & Reilly. . . . Debra Guajardo, a corporate and securities associate with Greenberg Traurig in Houston, has been appointed as the U.S. chairwoman of the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association’s Project Finance Committee. . . . Albert Marvin “Buddy” McCaig Jr. of Waller has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as judge of the newly created 506th District Court serving Grimes and Waller counties. He will sit until the next general election. ELECTION . . . Winstead shareholder Joe Michels has been elected president of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival. NEW FIRM . . . Robert E. Jenkins has formed the Jenkins Law Firm at 3030 LBJ Freeway, Suite 700, Dallas 75234; telephone (214) 220-2022.

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