Shamoil T. Shipchandler will join the Dallas office of Jones Day as a partner at the end of February. Shipchandler will be in the firm’s investigations and white-collar defense practice. He has served as director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fort Worth Regional Office since September 2015. He previously was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Texas, where he served as a deputy criminal chief and attorney-in-charge of the Plano office.
Robert Eckels, Arturo Michel and Sandy Hellums-Gomez have joined the Houston office of Husch Blackwell as partners. Eckels is a former Harris County judge and a former state representative. He is the founder and director of Texas Central Railway, the company responsible for developing and operating a new high-speed passenger train line between the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Houston. Michel served as the Houston city attorney under Mayor Bill White and in his private practice has served as a general counsel for a number of entities, including the Houston Independent School District. Hellums-Gomez has approximately 20 years of experience as a public law attorney and represents an array of educational institutions as well as other government entities.
Craig M. Warner has been elected a partner in Bell Nunnally & Martin in Dallas. As a member of the firm’s litigation and white-collar criminal and regulatory defense practices, Warner focuses on financial and business disputes as well as criminal matters, including conspiracy, fraud, bribery, money laundering, forfeiture of property and misappropriations.
Adam Laughton is one of 24 lawyers promoted to partner in Seyfarth Shaw. Based in the firm’s Houston office, Laughton has a corporate practice focusing on transactional and regulatory matters for providers and entrepreneurs in the healthcare industry.
David Lang has joined the Houston office of King & Spalding as a partner in the corporate, finance and investments practice group. Lang previously served as global head of Baker & McKenzie’s liquefied natural practice in Houston. He began his legal career at King & Spalding.
Houston-based Porter Hedges has elected the following attorneys as partners: Amy C. Falcon, business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on oil and gas disputes; Stephanie L. Holcombe, trial attorney; Gabriel Loperena, corporate attorney; Adam Nalley, corporate and securities attorney; and Jonna Summers, litigation.
Terah Moxley has been promoted to partner in Estes Thorne & Carr in Dallas. An employment lawyer, Moxley focuses her practice on developing legal strategies and policies meant to keep employers out of the courtroom, advising clients on issues including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Christopher R. Cowan, Cedric E. Evans, Eric J.R. Nichols, Amanda G. Taylor and Karson K. Thompson have joined the Austin office of Butler Snow. Cowan, Nichols, Taylor and Thompson practice with the firm’s commercial litigation group. Evans is with the pharmaceutical, medical device and health care litigation group.
Norton Rose Fulbright will relocate its San Antonio office to the Frost Tower, a 23-story high-rise under construction at 111 West Houston Street. The firm expects to move into the tower this summer and will occupy almost 40,000 square feet on the 17th and 18th floors.