New Positions

. . . Martin Averill has joined Looper Reed & McGraw in Dallas as a member in the oil and gas section. William Drabble, Jonathan Nowlin and Lydia Webb have joined as associates. Alexandra Ashcroft, Austin Carlson, Sandra Mazan, Brooke Sizer and Chloe Walker have joined the firm in Houston as associates.

. . . Caleb E. Bulls, Colleen M. Deal, Elizabeth A. Fitch, Anna E. Hodges and M. Chad Richwine have joined Kelly Hart & Hallman in Fort Worth as associates.

. . . Cassie B. Stinson has joined BoyarMiller in Houston as counsel in the business group.

. . . Cox Smith Matthews has added the following attorneys: Mary Dietz, Keith Shuley and Phillip Slinkard, shareholders, Austin; Eduardo “Eddy” Espinosa and Michael Napoli, shareholders, Dallas; Matthew Pepping, Ricardo Vielledent, Allison Ellis, Ben Robertson and Caroleene Hardee, associates, San Antonio.

. . . Jenny Givens and Elise Schuller have joined Looper Reed & McGraw in Dallas as associates.

Awards

. . . Tom Forestier, a shareholder in Winstead in Houston, has received the 2012 Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award from the Texas Minority Counsel Program.

. . . Mike McKool, co-founder and chairman of McKool Smith, has received the 2012 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Dallas Bar Association.

. . . Bowman and Brooke has received the Texas Diversity Council’s Corporate DiversityFIRST Award.

. . . Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Rep. Todd Hunter have received the Legislative Hero Award from the Texas Access to Justice Commission and Foundation.

Honors

. . . The Texas Access to Justice Foundation, in partnership with Equal Justice Works, has named the following as 2012 Texas Equal Justice Works Fellows: Sarah Loeffler, Montgomery County Women’s Center, Conroe; Christine Nishimura, Disability Rights Texas, Austin; Meghan Kempf, Family Violence Prevention Services, San Antonio; and Keegan Warren-Clem, Texas Legal Services Center, Austin.

. . . Chris Hanslik, chairman of BoyarMiller in Houston, has joined the South Texas College of Law Alumni Association’s board of directors for a three year term. He also will serve the on Student/Alumni Committee.

. . . Victor Vital, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig in Dallas, has been named to the board of directors for the Dallas Education Foundation.