New Positions

. . . Imrana Manzanares has been named nurse attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston and will work on personal injury and medical malpractice suits. Brian S. Humphrey II has become an associate with the firm and handles catastrophic injury, oil and gas accident, and business litigation cases.

. . . Jeffrey J. Phillips, an intellectual property litigator, has joined Jones Walker in Houston as a partner in the firm’s business and commercial litigation practice group.

. . . S. Scott Parel, corporate partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas and New York City, has been named co-chairman of the firm’s pro bono committee.

. . . James W. Walker has joined Cole, Shotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard in Fort Worth as a member, and Justin S. Levy has joined as an associate. Both are in the firm’s litigation department.

. . . Amy K. Lewis has joined Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach in Addison as an associate with the civil litigation practice group.

. . . Ed Williamson has joined Dow Golub Remels & Beverly in Houston as a partner. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, and he also acts as an arbitrator.

. . . Denise Rizo-Patron has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell in Austin as an associate with the trial practice group.

. . . Ellen Cochran has joined McGinnis Lochridge in Austin as an associate and will be handling a varied practice with a focus on litigation.

. . . Paul Castillo of Dallas has joined Lambda Legal’s South Central Region headquarters, which covers Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska and Colorado.

. . . Jason Elliott has joined Perkins Coie in Dallas as counsel in the firm’s labor and employment practice.

. . . Riva T. Johnson has joined Polsinelli as a senior partner, Patti J. Hedgpeth has joined as a shareholder, and Meredith VanderWilt has joined as an associate in Dallas. They are in Polsinelli’s national employee benefits and executive compensation practice.

. . . Brandon J. Tittle has joined Winstead as an associate with the business restructuring/bankruptcy practice in Dallas, and Grayson Cole Gearhart has joined as an associate with the real estate development and investments practice in Dallas. James “Jamie” Zimmer has joined the firm as an associate with the real estate development and investments practice in Houston.

. . . Thomas F. Allen Jr. has joined Jones Day in Dallas as a partner in the issues and appeals practice.

. . . Michael Saslaw, a corporate attorney, has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in Dallas.

. . . Eric Madden and Benjamin King, who focus their practices on bankruptcy-related litigation, have joined Reid Collins & Tsai, launching the firm’s new Dallas office.

Election

. . . Judge Tonya Parker of the 116th District Court in Dallas County has been elected president-elect of the Texas Association of District Judges.

New Firm

. . . Jason Wagner, Jeremy Saenz and Michael Dority have opened Wagner Saenz Dority at 3700 Buffalo Speedway, Suite 610, Houston 77098; telephone (713) 554-8450.