David Eastlake, with Greenberg Traurig
David Eastlake, with Greenberg Traurig ()

David R. Eastlake, a Houston associate in Greenberg Traurig, is the 2017 recipient of the Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Achievement Award as the outstanding young bankruptcy lawyer in Texas. The State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section presented the award to Eastlake during the biannual bankruptcy conference held May 31-June 2 in San Antonio. Eastlake became the chair of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section on June 1.

Andrew B. Derman, Dallas partner in Thompson & Knight, has received the 2017 Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Award. Derman is Thompson & Knight’s international energy practice leader.

New Positions

Russell Miller has joined Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr as a shareholder in the firm’s Houston office. Miller has an active energy transactional practice and a general litigation practice, with an emphasis on disputes related to the oil and gas industry.

Banks Bruce has joined Sidley Austin as counsel in the firm’s Dallas office. Bruce is in the private equity and global finance practices. He focuses on financing transactions, including oil and gas financings, restructurings, acquisitions, private equity-backed financings, asset-based financings and recapitalizations.


Evan Young, an Austin partner in Baker Botts, has been confirmed by the Texas Senate to serve on the Texas Judicial Council. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Young to the council, which is the policymaking body for the Texas judiciary and studies ways to improve the court system in the state. Young serves as chairman of the Baker Botts litigation department.