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NEW POSITIONS . . . The following have joined Greenberg Traurig in Houston to begin the firm’s new real estate practice group: shareholder Kent Newsome; of counsel Jerry Lance; and associates Robert Brannon, Thomas Rogers and Brian Truby. They previously were with Fulbright & Jaworski. Anthony F. Matheny also has joined the Houston office as an associate with the intellectual property practice group. Jamie A. Mathew has joined as an associate with the Dallas litigation practice group. . . . Eric H. Peterson has joined Blockbuster Inc. in Dallas as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. . . . Brenda Kay Brown and Heather M. Smith have joined Winstead in Dallas as of counsel. Brown is in the real estate banking, insurance company and fund adviser practice group, while Smith is in the finance and banking group. . . . Jami L. John has joined Brown McCarroll in Austin as an associate with the bankruptcy and specialty litigation section. She previously served as a law clerk in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. . . . Kevin A. Koudelka has joined Rose “Walker in Dallas as an associate focusing on complex litigation and the trial of high-risk cases. . . . The following have joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas as associates with the corporate practice: Charlie Chen, Joseph M. Nathan, Emmanuel U. Obi, Aaron J. Rigby, Jennifer A. Seymour and Richard L. White. . . . Stephen J. Roppolo has been named regional managing partner in Houston for Fisher & Phillips. He opened the firm’s Houston office in 2006. . . . Alan C. Duncan has joined Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth as of counsel. His practice focuses on taxation, trust and estates, and small-business law. APPOINTMENTS . . . Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Geoffrey I. Barr of New Braunfels to the Texas Violent Gang Task Force. Barr is district attorney of Comal County. David J. Schenck of Dallas has been appointed to the Texas Lottery Commission. He is a partner in Jones Day and manages the firm’s Dallas appellate department. Becky Armendariz Klein of San Antonio and Franklin S. Spears Jr. of Austin have been appointed to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Klein is principal of RA Klein & Co. and of counsel at Tuggey Rosenthal Pauerstein Sandoloski Agather. Spears is a partner in Arenson & Spears. . . . Andy Dow, a shareholder in Winstead in Dallas, has been selected to serve on the 2008 board of directors for the Real Estate Council Foundation. His practice focuses on hospitality and resorts and health-care real estate. NEW NAME . . . Cheryl Mullin & Associates of Richardson has become Mullin House. Dyan House has become a partner in the firm, which has added Robert D. Royse Jr. as of counsel and Zachary A. Copp as an associate.

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