Amy Robilio has joined Winstead as of counsel in the firm’s real estate development and investments practice group. Robilio’s practice is focused on development, operations and administration of mixed use, commercial and residential condominium projects. Robilio was associate general counsel for Hillwood Development Co. for more than nine years and practiced as a solo firm owner for five years. As a result of this unique combination of legal and business experience, she brings exceptional insight to clients.
Jeffrey Chesnut has joined Underwood Law Firm in Fort Worth from the Dallas City Attorney’s office, where, during the past three years, he advised the city on public finance and bond compliance matters and provided counsel to the economic development and housing departments. Chestnut’s practice focuses on affordable and mixed-income housing finance, and compliance.
Mark Wigder has joined Coats Rose as of counsel in the firm’s corporate and business law practice. Wigder focuses his practice on public and private financing, securities and corporate compliance matters, and mergers and acquisition transactions, as well as representation of broker-dealers, investment advisers, hedge funds and other private investment funds, and antitrust matters. In addition to his law practice, He has served as an instructor for Southwestern Legal Foundation Programs, PLI Programs and University of Texas at Austin School of Law’s Annual Conferences on Securities Regulation and Business Law.
Sharon Israel has joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon in the firm’s intellectual property practice. Israel focuses her practice on wireless communications systems and devices, consumer electronics, medical devices and oil field services. Israel will practice nationally out of Shook’s Houston office.
Cowles Thompson has now moved to its new location in Plano’s Park Preston Financial Center. The office address remains: 4965 Preston Park Blvd., Suite 320, Texas, 75093.
Appointments Jackson Lewis Principal Tracey Wallace has been selected for the inclusion in the fourth edition of “Who’s Who in Black Dallas”. The book was unveiled Sept. 29. It celebrates the accomplishments of highly distinguished African-Americans from a variety of disciplines across the U.S. Tracey R. Wallace is a principal in the Dallas office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. Wallace’s experience includes labor arbitration, labor negotiations, employee relations, complex class action litigation, wage and hour class and collective action litigation, Title VII, Section 1981, ADA, ADEA and noncompete litigation.
Glen Opel, chair of Bracewell’s public finance department, has been elected to the board of directors of the American College of Bond Counsel (ACBC). Opel will serve a three-year term beginning October 2017. He previously chaired ACBC membership selection committee. Opel, who is based in Austin, focuses his practice on public finance, infrastructure and transportation development, and public-private partnerships. He advises various governmental entities on state and local government finance matters, including traditional state and local municipal finance, transportation project finance, tax increment finance and public improvement districts.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has appointed Celina Moreno as interim Southwest Regional Counsel on Oct. 2. As such, she will lead the office in its litigation and policy work to serve the southwest region. A native of San Antonio, Moreno previously served as a staff attorney in MALDEF’s San Antonio office and in Austin, where she focused on policy work.
Awards Janet Hendrick, partner in the Dallas office of Fisher Phillips has just been named one of Dallas’ Top 50 Women in Law. Hendrick has also will be given the Dallas Top 15 Business Award from the National Diversity Council. The National Diversity Council will honor all awardees during Dallas Legal Diversity Week November 7-9, 2017. Hendrick is an experienced employment litigator and adviser who regularly represents employers in state and federal court to defend against varied employment-related claims. She is a sought-after speaker and author on topics including diversity in the legal profession, evolving workplace protections of LGBT employees, and workplace accommodations and leave management. Deeply committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession, Hendrick brings her passion to the firm’s Women s Initiative and Leadership Council, and is an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the firm’s Associate Development and Retention Committee and the labor and employment law sections of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Dallas Bar Association.
Promotions Bruce Bowman has been promoted to the position of vice chairman of the Dallas-based trial and appellate law firm, Godwin Bowman & Martinez. Sidney Scheinberg, shareholder and chair of Godwin Bowman & Martinez’s bankruptcy and creditors rights practice groups has been named to the Godwin Bowman & Martinez executive committee, where he will be closely involved in the firm’s decision-making process. The primary focus of his practice is on bankruptcy and business litigation matters, with an emphasis on the representation of secured creditors, such as automobile finance companies and national banking associations. His clients have included such luminaries as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota Financial Services, Nissan and GM Financial. Both changes are effective as of Oct. 1.
Morgan Lewis has name Stefanie Moll as Houston’s managing partner where she also serves as a local leader in the firm’s labor and employment practice groups. Moll litigates employment disputes on behalf of employers in US federal and state courts and in arbitration. She represents management in wage and hour, retaliation, noncompetition, sexual harassment, and employment discrimination disputes. Her experience covers companies that provide oil and gas services, maritime services, retail, staffing and health care, in addition to financial and electric services. She joined the firm in the spring of 2011, is a past chair of the Houston Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.