James M. McNeel, shareholder with Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry.

James McNeel has joined Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry as a shareholder in San Antonio. McNeel focuses his practice on fiduciary litigation in the area of estates, trusts, contested guardianships and other related litigation.

New Positions

Aileen Camacho has been promoted to the position of partner in the Houston office of HFW (Holman Fenwick Willan). She handles aviation-related civil litigation, including personal injury, civil liability and aviation insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes.

Craig Vogelsang, an oil and gas lawyer, has joined Baker Botts as a partner in its Houston office. A member of Baker Botts’ global projects group, Vogelsang specializes in upstream and midstream oil and gas development, financing and acquisitions and dispositions.

Mark Nelson, a patent litigator, has joined Barnes & Thornburg as a partner in its Dallas office. A member of the firm’s intellectual property department, Nelson has experience handling large, multifaceted infringement cases. He also represents clients in post-grant proceedings.

Cynthia “Cindy” Brotman Nelson, George C. Dunlap Jr., Kevin L. Kelley and Scott Tuthill have joined Jackson Walker as real estate partners in the firm’s Dallas office. Nelson regularly handles complex real estate and financing transactions in the United States and abroad. Dunlap represents clients in complex, large-scale projects, such as multifamily residential developments. Kelley’s clients include commercial real estate developers, stakeholders in high-profile urban developments, hoteliers and developers of corporate headquarters, campuses and Fortune 500 companies. Tuthill works chiefly with executives and corporate counsel of domestic and global private equity funds, among others. James L. Miers, Ben Whitehill and Gabriela Rawlings have joined Jackson Walker as associates in the real estate practice.

Erika Garcia, Scott Eidman and Kirstyn Kelley have joined Winstead as associates. Garcia is based in Austin and is a member of the firm’s environmental law and public and regulatory law practice groups. Based in Dallas, Eidman is in the public finance practice group. Kelley is in the firm’s Houston office, where she is in the real estate development and investments practice group.

Name Change

Ladd Sanger, managing partner of the Dallas office of Slack & Davis, has become a name partner in the firm, which has changed its name to Slack Davis Sanger. Sanger, an FAA-licensed commercial airplane and helicopter pilot, focuses his practice on air crash litigation.


Alexandra Guio, an assistant district attorney in Dallas County, will receive the “Outstanding Young Lawyer Award” from the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers during the Dallas Bar Association’s Law Day luncheon on May 4. Born in Colombia, Guio fled with her parents to the United States when she was young. Guio has been a prosecutor for Dallas County since November 2013 and has risen through the ranks. She currently prosecutes felony cases in the 265th District Court.


Mary Alice McLarty, a partner in and cofounder of McLarty Pope in Dallas, will be honored at Texas Watch’s Champions of Justice luncheon on April 27 at Belo Mansion in Dallas. McLarty practiced law for 12 years in Lubbock prior to moving to Dallas in 1996. A personal injury attorney, McLarty focuses her practice on catastrophic injury cases. A strong advocate for Americans’ civil rights, McLarty fights for access to justice outside the courtroom through her participation in several groups. She is a past president of the American Association of Justice.

Pat Mizell, a commercial and business litigation partner in Vinson & Elkins in Houston, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mizell served as judge of the 129th District Court in Harris County from 1995 to 2002. In his private practice, Mizell concentrates on jury trials in commercial cases.

Barrett H. Reasoner, a partner in Gibbs & Bruns in Houston, also recently became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. During his 27 years of trial practice, Reasoner has handled cases spanning an array of areas, including securities, oil and gas, construction, environmental and intellectual property.

Tiye Foley, a litigation associate in Baker Donelson’s Houston office, has been selected for the 2018 Pathfinders Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.