Mark Oakes.

Mark Oakes has been appointed partner-in-charge of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Austin office. Oakes, who joined the firm’s Austin office in 2007, focuses his practice on commercial and securities litigation, including shareholder class action defense, derivative litigation, federal U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement matters, internal corporate investigations, mergers and acquisitions and corporate government litigation and complex contract and commercial litigation. He succeeds Stacey Martinez as partner-in-charge in Austin. The firm recently appointed Martinez as global head of life sciences and healthcare.

New Positions

Russell W. Mills has joined Bell Nunnally & Martin in Dallas as a partner in the firm’s bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice. Mills represents clients in commercial bankruptcy and commercial bankruptcy litigation matters, including representing secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, asset purchasers and debtors. He previously was a shareholder in Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach.

Melanie Willems and Markus Esly have joined Haynes and Boone as partners in its London office in a move to significantly expand the firm’s international arbitration and litigation capabilities. Willems, who will serve as head of international arbitration for Haynes and Boone in London, and Esly have experience arbitrating matters under major international rules. Also joining the firm’s London office are counsel Robert Blackett, who focuses on representing energy, engineering and construction clients in international arbitrations, and associate Ryan Deane.


Brad Weber, a Dallas partner in Locke Lord, has been elected chair-elect of the antitrust and business litigation section of the State Bar of Texas and will become the section chair in June 2019. Weber is co-leader of Locke Lord’s firmwide antitrust practice group.

Benjamin Riemer, a partner in Dallas-based Bell Nunnally & Martin, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Dallas Chamber Symphony. Riemer’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation.

Laura Gibson, a partner in Dentons’ in Houston, was sworn in as chair of the State Bar of Texas board of directors during the bar’s annual meeting held June 21-22 in Houston. She is in Dentons’ employment and labor practice.


Hogan Lovells, which has an office in Houston, is the only law firm to win a spot on the Points of Light Civic 50, an annual list recognizing the most community-minded firms in the United States. The firm also won recognition as the first honoree in Points of Light’s Leadership in Volunteerism Award.