Tony Guerino has joined Womble Bond Dickinson as a partner in its new Houston office. Guerino has more than 20 years of experience in energy and environmental litigation involving oil exploration and production disputes. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Guerino worked as a petroleum and natural gas engineer.

Erin F. Fonté has joined Hunton Andrews Kurth as a partner in its Austin office and co-head of the firm’s financial institutions corporate and regulatory practice. She previously was a partner and executive board member at Dykema Gossett.

Laura Benitez Geisler, the current president of the Dallas Bar Association, has joined a Dallas-based personal injury and commercial litigation firm now known as Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler. She has become a partner in the firm.

Thompson & Knight has announced eight new partners in the firm. Those promoted in the Houston office are C. Walker Brierre, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions; Stephen W. Grant Jr., corporate finance and securities law; and Megan H. Schmid, trial practice. New partners in the Dallas office are Mitchell L. Griffith, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, corporate governance and other corporate matters; David Lawrence, real estate and real estate financial matters; Lee Meyercord, federal, state and local taxation of corporations, partnerships and individuals; and Meghan Nylin, business litigation matters. Jessica S. Morrison, who focuses her practice on employee benefits, executive compensation and taxation, is a new partner in the Fort Worth office.

Kris Hufstetler has joined the Houston office of KoonsFuller Family Law as an associate. Hufstetler formerly was an associate with Ketterman Rowland & Westlund.