David Starr, vice-president and general counsel, The LaSalle Group Inc., Irving
David Starr, vice-president and general counsel, The LaSalle Group Inc., Irving ()

New Positions

. . . Meredith Clark has joined KoonsFuller in Houston as an associate.

. . . Christopher M. Farish has been named a partner in Quaid & Quaid in Dallas, and the firm has been renamed Quaid Farish.

. . . David Starr has been named vice president and general counsel of The LaSalle Group Inc. in Irving.

. . . W. Phillip Whitcomb, a transactional attorney, has joined Cantey Hanger as a partner in Dallas.

. . . Laurianne Balkum has joined Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Austin as an associate.

. . . Chris Harris has joined Kane Russell Coleman & Logan in Dallas as an associate with the firm’s new tax practice. He focuses his practice on tax and corporate law. Kelli Gunter, whose practice focuses on commercial litigation and insurance defense matters, has joined the firm as an associate in Houston.

. . . Drew Darby has joined Jackson Walker as of counsel in the firm’s San Angelo and Austin offices. He is in the real estate and energy practice groups.

. . . Daniel D. Pipitone and Kenneth Wayne Bullock II have joined Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr as shareholders in Houston. The addition of the two attorneys expands the firm’s energy and maritime practice.

. . . A. Cade Mason has joined Branscomb in Corpus Christi as an associate with the business law group.

. . . Denise Mayfield, an intellectual property attorney, has joined Husch Blackwell in Austin as a partner on the firm’s health care, life sciences and pharmaceuticals team.

Appointments

. . . Stephen Molina, counsel at Dentons in Dallas and Houston, has been appointed to the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce board of directors and will chair the new Mexican Energy Reform Committee.

. . . Jon Burrows, Bell County judge; Olen Underwood, presiding judge of the Second Administrative Judicial Region of Texas; and Glen Whitley, Tarrant County judge, have been reappointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the governing board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2016.

. . . Scott D. Marrs, an arbitrator and partner in Beirne, Maynard & Parsons in Houston, has been appointed by the Panel Selection Committee of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre to its panel of arbitrators.

Awards

. . . Christopher L. Graff, a member of Pirkey Barber in Austin, is the winner of the 2014 International Law Office Client Choice Award in the intellectual property: trademark category for Texas.

. . . Wallace Jefferson, former chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court and now a partner in Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend in Austin, received the 2014 Texan of the Year Award at the 48th annual Texas Legislative Conference.

Elected

. . . James Ruiz, shareholder in Winstead in Austin, has been elected to the firm’s board of directors. He serves as cochairman of Winstead’s financial services industry practice group and of the firm’s commercial litigation practice.

Honors

. . . Forrest Bowers, of counsel at the Bowers Law Office in Lubbock, has been inducted as a Texas Legal Legend by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

. . . Mandy Price, a corporate associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

. . . Wade McClure, director at Kane Russell Coleman & Logan in Dallas, has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.