NEW POSITIONS

. . . Elizabeth Pierson Hernandez has joined Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend in Austin as an associate with the employment and business services practice groups.

. . . R. Barrett Richards has joined Bell Nunnally & Martin as a partner.

. . . Jeff Domen and Kelly Hurt have joined Goranson Bain in Plano as a shareholder and an associate, respectively.

. . . Jeanine O. Navarro has joined Richie & Gueringer in Austin as an associate, practicing commercial litigation and labor and employment law.

. . . Thomas J. Moore has joined Baker Botts in Houston as a partner.

. . . Aaron A. Scow has joined Baker & McKenzie as a partner in Dallas in the corporate and securities practice.

. . . Leane C. Medford has joined Polsinelli Shughart as a shareholder in Dallas.

. . . Katy Mathews has joined Wick Phillips Gould & Martin in Dallas as an associate.

. . . Greg Nelson, Paris Theofanidis and Steven Tredennick have joined Paul Hastings in Houston. Nelson is chairman of the Houston office, and Theofanidis and Tredennick are partners.

. . . Robin Fredrickson and Jeffrey Muñoz have joined Latham & Watkins in Houston as partners in the corporate department.

. . . David Slayton has been named administrative director of the Texas Office of Court Administration.

. . . Peter Tierney has joined Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach as of counsel in Addison.

. . . Cliff W. Vrielink has joined Sidley Austin in Houston as a partner.

. . . Keith Shuley, Phil Slinkard and Mary Dietz have joined Cox Smith in Austin as shareholders.

. . . Kirk Tucker has joined Mayer Brown as a partner in Houston.

. . . Kate Gaither and Eliot Walker have joined Kane Russell Coleman & Logan as associates in Dallas with the litigation section.

. . . Kathryn V. Garner has joined Haynes and Boone in Houston and Austin as a partner.

. . . Dwight Jefferson has joined Coats Rose in Houston as of counsel in the litigation practice.

. . . Charley Moore has joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius as a partner in the energy practice in Houston.

. . . James R. Schnurr has joined Russell & Wright in Dallas as a senior attorney.

. . . Shauna Martin has been chosen to lead Wick Phillips Gould & Martin’s new office in Austin. She is a partner.

AWARDS

. . . The following have been chosen to receive a Burton Award for Legal Achievement for legal writing: Greta Cowart, a partner in Haynes and Boone focusing on employee benefits and executive compensation; Glenn D. West and Natalie A. Smeltzer, Weil, Gotshal & Manges Dallas office managing partner and Dallas corporate associate, respectively; and Richard O. Faulk (for the third time) and John S. Gray (for the second time), environmental law partners in Gardere Wynne Sewell in Houston.

. . . Collin J. Cox, a partner in YetterColeman in Houston, has received the 2012 Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer award from the Houston Young Lawyers Association.

. . . John O’Connor, a litigation associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas, has received the Frank J. Scurlock Award from the State Bar of Texas for outstanding pro bono work.

. . . Robin Gibbs of Houston has been named Trial Lawyer of the Year by TEX-ABOTA, the Texas chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a founding partner in Gibbs & Bruns.