Janna King has joined the Houston office of FisherBroyles as a partner in its health and pharmacy law practice. King is the former general counsel and general compliance office for Professional Physical Therapy clinics headquartered in New York. She represents a wide variety of health care industry clients, including hospitals and health systems, outpatient rehabilitation and ambulatory surgery centers, among others.

Richard A. “Dick” Sayles, a trial attorney, has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings to lead the firm’s new Dallas office. Sayles co-founded Sayles Werbner in 1994. Joining Sayles as founding members of Bradley Arant’s Dallas office are former Sayles Werbner attorneys William S. Snyder, Mark E. Torian, Shawn C. Long, Robert L. Sayles, Sawyer Neely, Mark D. Strachan, Samuel T. Acker and Stacy D. Simon. The new office is located at 1201 Elm St., Suite 440, Dallas.

Matt Manning has been promoted to partner in the Houston office of McGlinchey Stafford. Manning works with the commercial litigation, consumer financial services and creditors’ rights practice groups, focusing on complex bankruptcy and mortgage matters. He also has appellate experience.

Zachariah Taylor “Zac” Evans has joined McGinnis Lochridge in Austin as of counsel. Evans, formerly with Aker & Akers, spent almost a decade serving members of both parties in the Texas Legislature, including as deputy director of the House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding and as a chief of staff. He joins the McGinnis Lochridge land and water practice group.

Hector Chavez has been promoted to partner in Smyser Kaplan & Veselka in Houston. Chavez joined Smyser Kaplan as an associate in 2011 and has a general litigation practice representing defendants and plaintiffs in complex lawsuits.

Raghav Bajaj is a new partner in Haynes and Boone in the firm’s Austin office, and Scott Jarratt has been promoted to partner in Richardson. Both are in the firm’s intellectual property practice group. Attorneys recently promoted to the partnership in the firm’s Houston office are Austin Elam, chairman of the oil and gas practice group; Kelli Norfleet, restructuring practice group; Sameer Saxena, capital market and securities, mergers and acquisitions and energy practice groups; and Katy Shurin, energy, power and natural resources practice group. New partners in the firm’s Dallas office are Michelle Jacobs, litigation practice group; and Michael D. Karson, intellectual property litigation practice group. Maral Kilejian, a member of the franchise and distribution practice group and the advertising, marketing and promotional law practice group, is a new partner in the Richardson office.

Margaret Jordan has been promoted to shareholder in the Dallas office of Kane Russell Coleman Logan. Jordan previously was a director in the firm’s real estate, lending and workout groups. She represents clients in real estate, business, lending matters, finance and workouts.

Josh Monaghan and Krista Chan have joined Patterson + Sheridan as associates. Based in Houston, Monaghan helps clients obtain and evaluate intellectual property in a variety of industries, ranging from oil field tools to semiconductor technologies. Chan works out of the Dallas office and has represented clients involved in a variety of litigation issues, such as trade dress, trade secrets, breach of contracts, defamation and libel, and business torts.

Kristina Baehr has been promoted to principal in McKool Smith’s Austin office, and Blake Bailey has become a principal in the Houston office. Recently promoted principals in the firm’s Dallas office are Travis DeArman, Ryan Hargrave, Warren Lipschitz and Avery Williams. Baehr, Bailey, DeArman, Hargrave and Williams focus on commercial and intellectual property litigation. Lipschitz focuses on high-stakes patent infringement and technology cases.


Phil Johnson, retired Texas Supreme Court justice, will be honored with a resolution at the State Bar of Texas board of directors meeting Jan. 18 in the Texas Law Center. Johnson served as a judge for 20 years, including 13 on the Supreme Court, before retiring effective Dec. 31, 2018. As the court’s liaison to the State Bar, Johnson served as a member of the bar’s board.