New Positions

. . . Michael Beckelman has been named deputy regional managing partner of the Houston office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker. His practice focuses on complex litigation matters.

. . . Sharon Smith has joined Armbrust & Brown in Austin as senior counsel.

. . . Pat Fitzgerald has joined Cain & Skarnulis in Austin as of counsel.

. . . Steve Aldous, a trial lawyer, has joined Forshey Prostok in Dallas as a partner.

. . . William J. Akins and Bryan D. Pollard have joined Fisher Broyles as partners in Dallas and will focus on, among other things, litigation involving real estate, health care, products liability, professional liability and Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters.

. . . New shareholders at Winstead are Christopher Brown, Marcus Brown, Scott Ellis, Michael Freeman, Andrea Alford Hight and Tommy Mann, Dallas; Carey Gunn Vendetti, Austin; and Bruce Wilkin, Houston.

Election

. . . Michelle White Suárez, a Dallas-based partner in Holland & Knight, has been elected to the firm’s directors committee.

Honors

. . . Fidel Rodriguez Jr., primary shareholder in The Law Office of Fidel Rodriguez Jr. in San Antonio, has been named the 2014 Aggie Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Aggie Bar Association.

. . . Robin C. Gibbs, a partner in Gibbs & Bruns in Houston, has been recognized by the Texas Appleseed board of directors for his continued dedication to public service work.