New Positions

. . . Patrick M. Carlson and Kevin M. Flahive have been elected members in Ambrust & Brown in Austin. Carlson’s practice focuses primarily on real estate transactions and representing municipal utility districts and other special districts. Flahive practices in the areas of land use and real estate development and transactions.

. . . J. Kendall Ray, whose practice focuses on employment law, personal injury defense and general litigation, has joined Kane Russell Coleman & Logan as an associate in Dallas.

. . . Nick Thompson, whose practice focuses on commercial litigation and appeals, has joined Yetter Coleman in Houston as an associate.

. . . The following have become partners in Bracewell & Giuliani: Brian C. Mitchell, Dallas; and Christopher L. Dodson, Jason M. Jean, Clark Stockton Lord, David W. Morris, Michael De Voe Piazza and Christopher A. Shield, Houston.

. . . Shelby Angel and Kevin Muenster, complex commercial litigators, have been promoted to partners in Estes Okon Thorne & Carr in Dallas.

. . . Erika Bright and D.C. Sauter have joined Wick Phillips in Dallas as partners. Bright focuses on issues related to insurance, construction and commercial litigation. Sauter focuses on real estate transactions and litigation.

. . . Stephanie Barnes, a litigator, has been promoted to partner in Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith in Plano.

. . . Celina Ramirez Joachim of Houston has been elected a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s compensation and employment law practice.

. . . The following have become partners in Thompson & Knight: Benjamin F.S. Herd, Jeremiah M. Mayfield and Micah R. Prude, Dallas; and Christopher D. Smith and John P. Vacalis, Austin.

. . . Charles Hardy has joined Slates Harwell in Dallas as of counsel. His practice focuses primarily on the construction industry.


. . . David L. Evans of Benbrook, judge of the 48th District Court in Tarrant County, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as presiding judge of the Eighth Administrative Judicial Region for a four-year term.


. . . Steven Bryant, Houston Locke Lord partner, Kirsten Castañeda, Dallas senior counsel, and Megan Hodapp, Houston associate, have become board certified in business bankruptcy law, civil appellate law, and labor and employment law, respectively, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.