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NEW POSITIONS . . . The following have been elected partners in Bracewell & Giuliani: in Austin, Michael E. Noe Jr., intellectual property; in Dallas, Tricia R. DeLeon and Morgan D. Meyer, complex commercial litigation and appeals, and Mason M. Griffin, real estate development, finance and leasing; and in Houston, Bradley J. Benoit, complex commercial litigation, John McCrory, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, and governance and compliance, Scott L. Miller, mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, divestitures and corporate governance, Stephanie Koo Song, secured and unsecured credit, and Richard Whiteley, commercial, real estate, defamation and intellectual property litigation. . . . Marianne Auld has joined Kelly Hart & Hallman in Fort Worth as a partner in the litigation practice group. . . . Stephen Orsinger has joined the family law firm McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing in Dallas as an associate. . . . Kathryn Murphy has joined Goranson, Bain, Larsen, Greenwald, Maultsby & Murphy as a principal in the firm’s new Plano office: Two Legacy Town Center, 6900 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 400, Plano 75204. . . . William H. “Bill” Dietrich has joined Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas as an intellectual property associate. . . . Edward R. Batten and Victor N. Ang have joined Steele Sturm in Houston as associates. They practice labor and employment, trade secret and noncompetition litigation. . . . J. Thomas Parrino has joined Burleson Cooke as an associate counsel in Houston. He practices oil and gas law. . . . Ramon A. Molina, Derrick Pizarro and Andrew Sherwood have been named shareholders in Cox Smith Matthews in San Antonio. Molina is a member of the litigation practice; Pizarro focuses on intellectual property and Internet/technology; and Sherwood practices real estate law. . . . The following have been elected partner in Thompson & Knight: in Houston and New York, Richard W. Bass, trial practice group; and in Houston, Alex J. Brown, trial practice group, Alyson Outenreath, tax, and Gerald W. Roberts, intellectual property. . . . Kurt D. Nondorf has been named managing partner of Jackson Walker in Houston. His practice focuses on commercial real estate and he previously served as head of the firm’s transactions section. . . . Ronald E. Tigner has joined Cozen O’Connor in Houston as a member practicing insurance law. He previously was with Preis & Roy. . . . James W. Carter IV has become a partner in Drought, Drought & Bobbitt in San Antonio. . . . Rain Levy Minns has become a partner in Michael Louis Minns PLC in Houston. She practices criminal and tax defense, legal malpractice and general trial advocacy. APPOINTMENTS . . . Jeff Storie, a shareholder in Decker Jones McMackin McClane Hall & Bates in Fort Worth, has been named to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee � a nine-member panel that advises the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on operations and policy matters. Storie leads the firm’s intellectual property practice group. . . . Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Ralph H. Duggins to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Duggins is a senior partner in Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth. His term expires Feb. 1, 2013. . . . Molly Steele, a partner in the trial practice group of Thompson & Knight in Dallas, has been selected to serve on the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s Panel of Arbitrators. . . . Ashley Johnston, an associate with Looper Reed & McGraw in Dallas, has been appointed to the advisory committee for U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, where she will focus on legal issues affecting the health-care industry. . . . Aileen Hooks, a partner in Baker Botts in Austin, has been selected as a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2008. ELECTION . . . John Melko, a partner in Gardere Wynne Sewell in Houston, has been elected as a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a member of the firm’s energy and bankruptcy practice groups. INDUCTION . . . Paul Kellogg, an associate with Hughes Watters Askanase in Houston, has been inducted into the College of the State Bar of Texas. The honorary society recognizes lawyers who complete significant continuing legal education. His practice focuses on consumer and commercial financial services. NEW FIRM . . . Kim K. Ogg and Jack C. Ogg have opened the Ogg Law Firm: 3215 Mercer, Suite 100, Houston 77027; telephone (713) 974-1600; fax (713) 621-2106; www.ogglawfirm.com .

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