New Positions

. . . Christina T. Wisdom has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell as of counsel in the government affairs practice group in Austin. Eric Hoffmann has joined as a corporate associate and Jared A. Wilkerson and John MacVane have joined as trial associates in Houston. Darcie A. Thompson and William Stewart have joined as trial associates in Dallas.

. . . Jennifer S. Cook has joined Winstead in Austin as a staff attorney in the real estate development and investments practice group. Jason E. Nolingberg has joined the firm in San Antonio as an associate with the energy practice.

. . . James W. Adams Jr. and Lynne Jurek Shannon have joined Kelley Kronenberg as partners in the Houston office. Nour I. Shatleh, Craig D. Stocker and Albany L. Willis have joined the firm as attorneys in Houston.


. . . Terry Tottenham, of counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright in Austin, has been appointed by the State Bar of Texas to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation board of directors.

. . . Patrick Carlson, an associate with Armbrust & Brown in Austin, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board.

. . . Tonya Spaeth Ahlschwede, a shareholder in Ahlschwede & Spaeth in Junction, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as district attorney of the 452nd Judicial District in Edwards, Kimble, McCulloch, Mason and Menard counties for a term to expire in the next general election.

. . . Michael L. Krancer, a partner in Blank Rome, and Bill Swanstrom, a partner in Locke Lord, have been appointed to the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board. Krancer is the energy, petrochemical and natural resources practice group leader at Blank Rome, and Swanstrom is co-chairman of the energy practices group at Locke Lord.


. . . Omar J. Alaniz, special counsel at Baker Botts in Dallas, has been selected by the National LGBT Bar Association for inclusion in the "Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40" class of 2013.

. . . Sammy Ford IV, an attorney with Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston, has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.