New Positions

. . . The following have become partners in Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons: Amber E. Edwards, Dallas; Suzanne M. Patrick, Houston; and Brian Hensley and Jennifer Kearns, Austin.

. . . Peter M. Oxman has joined Seyfarth Shaw as a partner in Houston. He focuses on real estate transactions.

. . . M. Breen Haire has joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Houston as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice.

. . . Richard Y. Cheng has joined Anderson Kill as a shareholder in the firm’s new Dallas office. David P. Bender Jr., a shareholder in Anderson Kill’s office in Ventura, Calif., and a member of the firm’s executive committee, will divide his time between Ventura and Dallas.

. . . A. Robert Lamb Jr. has joined The Bassett Firm in Dallas as an associate.

. . . Katherine D. Hoke, a business, real estate and commercial litigator, has been named managing partner of Shields Legal Group in Addison. Bart F. Higgins, a commercial litigator, has been named a principal in the firm.


. . . Patrick J. Maher, a partner in Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller in Fort Worth and head of the firm’s labor and employment group, has been elected a section representative on the State Bar of Texas board of directors.

. . . John Eddie Williams Jr., managing partner of Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas in Houston, recently took office as 2014 chairman of the Houston Bar Foundation. William R. Buck, general counsel for ExxonMobil Corp., took office as treasurer. Newly appointed directors are Tom Godbold, executive vice president and general counsel of Twin Eagle Resource Management; Timothy McConn, partner in Andrews Kurth; and Craig Glidden, chief legal officer of LyondellBasell Industries.

. . . Brian Shannon, a professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, has been re-elected to serve a second two-year term as president of the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives association.


. . . Deirdre B. Ruckman, a bankruptcy and business reorganization partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell, has been selected for induction as a fellow in the 25th class of the American College of Bankruptcy.

. . . Al Ellis, of counsel at Sommerman & Quesada, has been awarded the Mary Brock Award by Dallas Habitat for Humanity for his 23 years of service in all aspects of the organization’s programs.

. . . Barry Barnett, a partner in Susman Godfrey in Dallas, has been inducted as a fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

. . . S. Jack Balagia Jr., vice president and general counsel of ExxonMobil Corp., has been named the fifth recipient of the James B. Sales Pro Bono Leadership Award by the Houston Bar Foundation. Recognized for outstanding contributions to the Houston Volunteer Lawyers in various categories were: Fulbright & Jaworski, large firm; Gardere Wynne Sewell, intermediate firm; BakerHostetler, midsize firm; Beck Redden and Yetter Coleman, small firm; and Coane and Associates and Jenkins & Kamin, boutique firm.