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NEW POSITIONS . . . Aaron Z. Tobin has joined Anderson Jones in Dallas as a partner. He handles complex commercial trial, creditor’s rights and appellate matters. . . . Courtney Marcus and Barry Cowan have joined the corporate practice at Fulbright & Jaworski in Dallas as partners and Randy Fickel has joined as senior counsel. Marcus previously was with Weil Gotshal & Manges, and Cowan and Fickel were with Winstead. . . . The following have joined Winstead in Dallas as associates: Lindsey Bragg, real estate structured finance; Sierra Dean, finance and banking; Raphael Flood and Kaneisha Green, real estate development and investments; Amy Lott, corporate and securities; Lisa Normand and Leslie Scheuermann, commercial litigation; Paul Rynerson, labor, employment and immigration; and Jeff Tinker, intellectual property. . . . The following have joined Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr: associate Kimberly D.H. Wyatt, Dallas, tax; and of counsel Ruth Van Meter and associate Timothy A. Million, Houston, bankruptcy. . . . Lee Michael Kirner has joined Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth as an associate focusing on business and real estate law. He previously was with Smith, Maurras, Cohen, Redd & Horan. . . . The following have joined Fish & Richardson in Dallas as associates: Ryan Blaine Brown and J. Kyle Komenda, patent practice group; and David B. Conrad and James Kristopher Long, litigation group. . . . Mark D. Pierce has joined Slack & Davis in Austin as of counsel focusing on aviation-related matters. . . . Michael McCrum and Marina Garcia Marmolejo have joined the trial practice group of Thompson & Knight in Austin as of counsel. McCrum focuses on complex criminal-defense matters. Marmolejo focuses on trial and dispute resolution, primarily related to white-collar criminal defense. . . . Deidra Penny, Michelle Replogle, Meredith Strachan and Georgianna Witt Braden have been promoted to senior associates with Howrey in Houston. . . . Aundrea “Andi” K. Frieden has been promoted to partner in Gibbs & Bruns in Houston. The firm also has added associates Matthew D. Cooper and Tracy D. Larson. They all practice complex commercial litigation. . . . Marilyn Shell and Rebecca Sooter have joined Johnston Legal Group in Fort Worth. AWARD . . . Patrick O’Connell, chief of national investigations for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Texas Office of the Attorney General, has received the Honest Abe Integrity in Government Award from Taxpayers Against Fraud. The award honors O’Connell for helping to make Texas a leader in curbing fraud through use of the state False Claims Act. CERTIFICATION . . . Thomas P. Sartwelle, a partner in Beirne, Maynard & Parsons in Houston, has become certified in legal malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He has been certified in medical malpractice by the group since 1997 and is one of fewer than 10 attorneys in the country with both certifications. ELECTIONS . . . Houston solo Ellen A. Yarrell has been elected president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. . . . David A. Furlow, a partner in the Houston trial practice group of Thompson & Knight, has been elected vice chairman of the American Bar Association Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Intellectual Property Law Committee. HONORS . . . The following Houston attorneys have been selected for Leadership Houston’s Class of XXVI: Aaron Ball, Looper, Reed & McGraw; Marty Cherry, law clerk for U.S. District Judge David Hittner; Mark Chretien, Greenberg Traurig; Darin Darby, Harris County District Attorney’s Office; Anna Dragsbaek, Texas Children’s Hospital; Leah Kasparek, CenterPoint Energy; and Debra Levy, Jones Walker.

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