New Positions

. . . Chasity W. Thomas has joined Crain, Caton & James in Houston as an associate.

. . . Tracey Davies has joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Dallas as a partner.

. . . Retired Judge Jeff Kaplan has joined JAMS in Dallas as an arbitrator, mediator and special master.

. . . Brian Flood and Wendy Keegan have joined Brown McCarroll in Austin as a partner and of counsel, respectively.

. . . Rob Canales, Lindsay Germano, Ryan Gorsche and Jonathan Macke have joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas as associates.

. . . Bill Childs has joined Bowman and Brooke in Austin as a senior counsel in the pharmaceutical and medical device practice.

. . . Michael R. Absmeier and Ayesha Najam have become partners in Gibbs & Bruns in Houston. PHOTOS

. . . James Howard has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell in Houston as a partner in the tax practice group.

. . . Ryan E. LaRue has joined Sanford Kuhl Hagan Kugle Parker Kahn in Houston as an associate.

. . . Richard “Rick” M. Simses has joined Winstead in The Woodlands as a shareholder, and Charles Miers and Jon Vicklund have joined as of counsel. Paul M. Lavelle has joined Winstead as a managing shareholder and will open the firm’s New Orleans office. PHOTO (Lavelle)

Anniversary

. . . Crain, Caton & James in Houston celebrated its centennial.

Award

. . . Stephen W. Stewart, founder of the Stewart Law Firm in Austin, has received a Star Volunteer Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. PHOTO

Election

. . . Dan Worthington, a partner in Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez in McAllen, has been elected president of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.

Honors

. . . Wesly C. Maness, a partner in Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller in Arlington, has been named to the board of trustees of the Arlington Museum of Art. Paul J. Johnson, also a partner in the firm, has been named chairman of the Tarrant County Bar Association Real Estate Section.

. . . Sofia Adrogué, a member in Looper Reed & McGraw in Houston, has been named a Woman of Influence by the National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section.

New Firm

. . . Marc A. Hubbard has established Hubbard Law, a firm exclusively focused on intellectual property law. The firm is located at 740 E. Campbell Road, Suite 550, Richardson; telephone (214) 396-6000; fax (214) 785-6958; www.hubbardip.com.