Brett F. Miller of Ward, Smith & Hill.
Brett F. Miller of Ward, Smith & Hill. (Courtesy photo)

New Positions

Chad Mills has joined Haynes and Boone’s Houston office as a partner. He is in the firm’s commodities trading and finance and projects practices. Among other things, he has experience in handling structured energy transactions and related energy trading agreements.

Chalon N. Clark, a litigator,recently was elected to the Husch Blackwell partnership. Based in the Dallas office, Clark is on the firm’s financial services and capital markets team. She also serves on its Diversity Council.

Michelle Pector has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as a litigation partner in Houston. A trial lawyer, Pector will help expand the firm’s services to energy clients, as well as to companies in the health care and technology sectors.

Priscilla Guajardo Cortez has been selected to be executive director of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, which helps low-income individuals access the civil justice system with the assistance of volunteer attorneys provided by the organization. She is an attorney.

Darren Gibson has joined the Austin office of Littler Mendelson as a shareholder. A litigator and former assistant attorney general in Texas, Gibson focuses his practice on representing universities, school districts and governmental institutions.

Brett F. Miller has been promoted to partner in Longview-based Ward, Smith & Hill. Miller, a civil litigator, leads the firm’s family law practice and also represents clients in matters involving oil and gas, commercial disputes, employment law, real estate and personal injury.

Joshua Bernstein, a real estate lawyer, has joined the Austin and New York offices of Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner. Emily Jung and Katie Van Dyk, who worked with Bernstein at Greenberg Traurig, have joined Norton Rose as associates.

Susan Ormand Berry has been promoted to partner in the Houston office of Reed Smith. She is in the firm’s financial industry group and focuses her practice on structured finance, mergers and acquisitions and general capital markets.

Chris Oldner, former judge of the 416th District Court, has joined the Dallas and Frisco offices of Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson as of counsel.

Darla Gabbitas, Noah Nadler and Rob Wills have been promoted to partners in the Dallas office of Wick Phillips. Gabbitas focuses her practice on commercial litigation, and Nadler handles commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters for corporate policyholders. Wills is in the firm’s commercial real estate section.

Talley Parker has been promoted to principal in the Dallas office of Jackson Lewis. Parker counsels employers on every aspect of the employment relationship. He also hosts JL Live, a weekly webcast that focuses on trending labor and employment topics.


Mary A. McNulty, tax partner in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, has been named to the board of directors for The Family Place, which assists victims of family violence.


Earl “Chip” Jones III, managing shareholder of the Dallas office of Littler Mendelson, has been named on the Ethisphere Institute’s 2016 list of Attorneys Who Matter in recognition of his ethical behavior and commendable track record of public service, legal community engagement and academic involvement. Jones manages labor and employment law matters and creates and manages ethics, compliance and corporate social responsibility reporting programs and initiatives.

Amy Wolfshohl, partner in Porter Hedges in Houston, and Sean McChristian, associate with the firm, have been board certified in construction law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This is the first year that TBLS has offered certification in construction law. David D. Peden, chair of Porter Hedges’ construction litigation section, has been appointed to the Standards Committee by the chair of the State Bar of Texas Construction Section.

Cara Kennemer, shareholder in Underwood Law Firm in Fort Worth, is among the first attorneys to be board certified in construction law by TBLS.

Steven Kennedy, shareholder in McGuire, Craddock & Strother in Dallas, is another attorney who has completed the requirements to be certified in construction law by TBLS.

Stephen A. Cooney, member in Gray Reed & McGraw in Houston, has been board certified in commercial real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Elise Schuller Barajas and Katie English, associates with the firm, have been certified by TBLS in health law and oil, gas and mineral law, respectively.

Allyn Jaqua Lowell, counsel with FordHarrison in Dallas, has been board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.