Akash Sethi, one of the six original partners of McGuireWoods LLP's newest office in Dallas, is the office's first managing partner
Akash Sethi, one of the six original partners of McGuireWoods LLP’s newest office in Dallas, is the office’s first managing partner ()

New Positions

. . . Stewart Whiteheadhas been appointed managing shareholder of Winstead’s Austin office. He has been with Winstead since 1997 and chairs the firm’s construction practice group. Andrew L. Stotts, a corporate lawyer, has joined Winstead in Dallas as an associate.

. . . Shamoil T. Shipchandler, former deputy criminal chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas, has joined Bracewell & Giuliani as a partner in Dallas, expanding the firm’s white-collar defense practice.

. . . Matthew L. Motes, a shareholder in Decker, Jones, McMackin, McClane, Hall & Bates in Fort Worth, has been named a director of the National Association of Home Builders.

. . . Kimberly B. Herbert, an employment law and commercial litigation attorney, has joined Cantey Hanger in Dallas as an associate.

. . . Eliot Burriss of Dallas and Christina Ponig of Houston have been named partners at DLA Piper. Both have litigation and regulatory practices.

. . . Sarah Sparling has joined Brown Fox Kizzia & Johnson in Dallas as an associate; Anthony Ricciardelli has joined the firm as of counsel.

. . . Christopher A. Robison has become a shareholder in Passman & Jones in Dallas. He is a member of the business litigation and bankruptcy and creditor’s rights practice groups.

. . . Akash Sethi has become the first managing partner of McGuireWoods’ newest office in Dallas. He is a private equity attorney.

Elections

. . . Roger A. Key, a partner in Key & Terrell in Lubbock, has been elected chairman of the State Bar of Texas board of directors. He practices business and transactional law.

. . . Leon Carter, a principal in Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada & Mockler, and John Jansonius, a partner in Jackson Walker, have been elected District 6 directors for the State Bar of Texas.

Awards

. . . Courtney S. Marcus, a Dallas-based partner in the global banking and finance practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been presented a 2014 Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award by the Texas Diversity Council.

. . . Kevin J. White, a Hunton & Williams partner in Houston and Washington, D.C., and Terence G. Connor, special counsel with the firm in Miami, co-authored an article that resulted in the firm receiving the 2014 Distinguished Legal Writing Award from The Burton Foundation. The article, “The Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions: A Critique of the EEOC Guidance,” was published in the June 2013 issue of Seton Hall Law Review.

. . . Chris Converse, a Dallas partner in Gardere Wynne Sewell and chairman of the firm’s securities and corporate governance team, has been honored with a Fifth Annual 40 Under 40 Recognition Award by The M&A Advisor.

. . . Jim Webb, a shareholder and director in McDonald Sanders in Fort Worth, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Law Day Professionalism Award.

Honors

. . . Benny Agosto Jr., a partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston, has been recognized by Hispanics in Philanthropy for his efforts in the Latino community.

. . . M’Lou Patton Bell,a shareholder in Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Austin, has been recognized by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation for her outstanding professional and volunteer contributions to the Austin community. Bell was recognized in the corporate/transactional category.

. . . Chip Babcock, a partner in Jackson Walker in Dallas and Houston, has been inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America.