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NEW POSITIONS . . . Marquette M. Maresh has become a shareholder in Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Schulze & Aldridge in Austin. . . . W. David Griggs has joined Canada-Withrow in Southlake as a litigation associate. He formerly was with the Federal Trade Commission in Dallas. . . . Christopher C. Ege has been promoted to partner in Brown McCarroll in Houston. He is a member of the litigation section. . . . Eric Tautfest, head of the patent litigation section at Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail in Dallas, has been promoted to partner, and Tonya Parker has joined the firm as senior counsel. . . . Carmen Elaine Eiker has been promoted to partner in family law boutique McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing in Dallas. . . . Todd Mattingly has joined Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston as a partner in the intellectual property practice group, and Michael R. Samardzija has joined as of counsel. Mattingly previously was with King & Spalding. Samardzija was director of intellectual property at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. . . . C. Michael Moore has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Dallas as a partner in the litigation practice group. He previously was with Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell. . . . Deren Worrell has become an associate with Bourland, Wall & Wenzel in Fort Worth. Her practice focuses on tax, estate planning, probate, charitable entity and charitable giving law. . . . Daniel G. Baucum and Nicole T. LeBoeuf have joined Shackelford, Melton & McKinley in Dallas as partners, and Shelly L. Skeen has joined as an associate. Baucum’s practice focuses on business, tax and estate planning, tax controversies and asset protection. LeBoeuf practices business litigation and securities arbitration. Skeen’s practice focuses on professional liability defense, commercial litigation and appeals. APPOINTMENTS . . . Dulcie Wink, a partner in Haynes and Boone in Houston, has been named to chair the board of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. . . . Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Sheri Crosby, an associate with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in Dallas, to the Texas Board of Nursing. Her term expires in 2009. The governor also appointed the following to the University of Houston System board of regents: Jacob Monty, managing partner, Monty Partners; Carroll Robertson Ray, of counsel, Andrews Kurth; and Nelda Blair, president and owner, Blair Law Firm. AWARD . . . Jack Rains, of counsel at Looper Reed & McGraw in Houston, has received the RBI Foundation’s Milo Hamilton Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes his service as founding chairman of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority board. HONORS . . . Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law presented the following distinguished alumni awards: Linda B. Thomas, chief justice, Dallas Court of Appeals, Distinguished Alumni Award for Judicial Service; Robert H. Mow Jr., partner, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice; and Emily A. Parker, partner, Thompson & Knight, Distinguished Alumni Award for Government Service. ELECTION . . . Carol Traylor, a partner in Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth, has been elected president of the Fort Worth chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a member of the board for the state group, TEX-ABOTA. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, oil and gas, personal-injury litigation and professional malpractice.

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