New Positions

. . . Raegan A. Koesler and Ryan J. Damiano have joined McDonald Sanders in Fort Worth as associates. Koesler’s practice focuses on oil and gas title and transactional matters. Damiano has a civil litigation practice.

. . . John L. Keffer, a corporate partner in King & Spalding, has returned to the firm’s Houston office after more than 11 years in London where he was founding partner and managing partner of the firm’s office there.

. . . Chris Whitt has joined Armbrust & Brown in Austin as an associate and focuses his practice on a variety of real estate transactional matters.

. . . Lee Winkelman has joined the Bush Law Firm in The Woodlands as of counsel in the firm’s labor and employment practice and represents companies.

. . . D. Clay McCollor has joined Stibbs &. Co. in Spring as an associate and focuses his practice primarily on corporate law, securities and corporate finance.

. . . Bret Madole has joined Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas as a partner in and leader of the firm’s corporate practice.


. . . Don DeGabrielle, a Houston partner in Bracewell & Giuliani, has been named chairman-elect of the Crime Stoppers of Greater Houston board of directors.

. . . Daniel F. Shank, a director in Coats Rose in Houston, has been named a director for the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare, which serves as a fund-raising resource for 10 ministries in the Houston-Galveston area.


. . . D. Douglas Brothers, a partner in George, Brothers, Kincaid & Horton in Austin, has become a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

. . . Celina Joachim, a partner in Baker & McKenzie in Houston, has been selected for the 2014 fellows program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

. . . Richard Orsinger, a partner in McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing in Dallas, has been chosen the 2014 recipient of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award.

. . . The Houston Bar Foundation announced the following award winners: Peter J. Bennett, outstanding contribution to Houston Volunteer Lawyers; ExxonMobil Corp., outstanding contribution to HVL by a corporate law department; Susan B. Sanchez of ExxonMobil Corp., outstanding pro bono coordinator; Jack Edwards, associate at Ajamie, and his firm, along with John Spiller, partner in Strasburger & Price, special recognition for exceptional pro bono representation on a complex, time-consuming case.