Warren W. Harris, with Bracewell.

Elected

Warren W. Harris, partner in Bracewell, is the new president of the Houston Bar Association. Other officers are Benny Agosto Jr., partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, president-elect; Jennifer A. Hasley of Hasley Scarano, first vice president; Chris Popov, partner in Vinson & Elkins, second vice president; David Harrell, partner in Locke Lord, secretary; Bill Kroger, partner in Baker Botts; and Alistair Dawson, partner in Beck Redden, immediate past president.

Michael W. Stockham, Dallas partner in Thompson & Knight, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the board of directors for the Dallas Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

New Positions

Scott Yackey, a patent attorney, has joined the Metro Dallas office of Harness Dickey & Pierce as an associate. Yackey focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation support, including proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has engineering experience in the automotive industry.

John Runde, a trial lawyer, has joined Weisbart Springer Hayes in the firm’s Austin office.  Runde has bench trial and jury trial experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in courts throughout Central and South Texas.

Denis A. “Archie” Fallon has joined the energy practice in the Houston office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher. His practice focuses on a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and project development across all segments of the energy. He previously was an attorney at King & Spalding.

Mary Anna H. Rutledge and Robert D. Radu have joined Porter Hedges in Houston as associates. A member of the firm’s litigation section, Rutledge handles all types of business and commercial litigation.  Radu is a member of the corporate section and focuses on representing public and private companies in a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, debt financings, public and private offerings of debt and equality securities.

Janice Suchyta, former general counsel and chief strategy officer for AccessHealth, has joined the corporate department at Seyfarth Shaw in Houston as counsel. In her role at AccessHealth, Suchyta oversaw all legal and compliance matters for 16 locations, including four clinical sites, staffed by more than 200 employees.

Martye Kendrick has joined Powell & Leon’s Houston office as of counsel. Kendrick, who formerly was with Johnson Petrov in Houston, focuses her practice on public law, public finance law and real estate law.

Ryan Bruderer, Kasi Chadwick and Brooke Jiminez have joined Winstead’s Houston office as associates. Bruderer is in the firm’s corporate, securities/mergers & acquisitions practice group. Chadwick and Jimenez are in the business litigation group.

Joe Davis has joined Lucid Energy Group as general counsel.  Davis has more than 30 years of experience, including more than 20 years in private practice with Hunton Andrews Kurth and its predecessors. He spent almost 10 years as general counsel to EnLink Midstream Partners and EnLink Midstream LLC.

Orrin Harrison III has joined Foley Gardere as of counsel in the firm’s Dallas office. Harrison has more than 40 years of experience in complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution, largely involving accounting, antitrust, board counseling, corporate investing, director and officer defense, mergers and acquisitions and securities. He often represents clients in the energy and financial services sectors. Chelsea Hilliard has joined Foley’s business litigation and resolution practice as an associate in Dallas.

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Rex has joined SKV (Smyser Kaplan & Velselka) in Houston as an associate. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and white-collar defense and investigations.

Awards

Lewis R. Sifford, senior and founding officer of Sifford, Anderson & Co. in Dallas, has received the Texas Trial Legend Award from the Dallas Bar Association. Sifford is a trial attorney with substantial experience in dispute resolution.  He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation as well as in catastrophic personal injury and death cases.

Haynes and Boone recently won the 2018 AT&T Legal Diversity and Inclusion Progress Award. AT&T annually honors one of its outside law firms for making the most progress in promoting a diverse workplace.