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New Positions

. . . Michael A. Villa Jr. and Mary E. Wood have been named partners in Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman in Dallas.

. . . Jon A. Baker has been named a partner in Powell Coleman & Arnold in Dallas.

. . . Blake Royal and Andrew Pearce have been promoted to senior associates in BoyarMiller in Houston.

. . . Patrick E. “Gene” Blanton has been promoted to shareholder in Ford Nassen & Baldwin in Dallas.

. . . Robert C. Wendland has been hired as general counsel of the Dallas County Community College District.

. . . R. Andrew Rodriguez has been named a partner in The Crosley Law Firm in San Antonio.

. . . Kristen Foster has been promoted to counsel at Vinson & Elkins in Austin. Stacey Vu and Sabina Walia have been promoted to counsel in Houston.

. . . Philip K. Bean has joined The Bassett Firm in Dallas as an associate.

. . . Randel R. Young has joined K&L Gates in Houston as a partner in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources practice area.

. . . Bryce D. Linsenmayer, a corporate and mergers and acquisitions attorney, has joined Baker Hostetler as a partner in the business group in Houston.

Awards

. . . Brittany K. Byrd, a Winstead associate in Dallas, was selected by the American Bar Association as one of two finalists for the 2013 National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

. . . William O. “Bill” Whitehurst, a founder of Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees & Cheng in Austin, has received the Harold F. Kleinman Award from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.