Stephen A. Mason has joined the Austin office of Munck Wilson Mandala as senior counsel in the firm’s technology/intellectual property law group. Mason represents clients in a wide variety of patent and trademark matters, with a technical emphasis in financial software products, encryption and security, IoT, social media and advertising data systems for electronic commerce.
Trevor Ives has joined the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight as counsel in the firm’s real estate and real estate finance group. His practice centers on commercial real estate transactions. Joel Fine has joined Thompson & Knight’s Houston office as an attorney in the firm’s finance practice group. Fine focuses his practice on commercial finance and investment transactions.
Karly A. Houchin has become an associate with Allensworth & Porter in Austin. Houchin worked the past year as a law clerk at the construction law firm. She assists clients in litigation, including e-discovery, motion practice and complex multiparty disputes.
Andrea James has joined Holland & Knight’s Houston office as an associate in the litigation section. New associates in the firm’s Dallas office are Lauren Becker, litigation; Sheila Salopek Petty, Blair Moore Raggio and Fan Yang, business. James focuses her practice on general civil litigation and labor and employment. Becker’s practice focuses on a range of matters, including hospitality, labor and employment, and general corporate litigation. Petty represents clients in a broad spectrum of real estate transactions, including commercial, lending, investment, acquisition and dispositions, and development. Raggio represents financial institutions, business entities and private capital funds in lending and investment transactions. Yang represents financial institutions and private equity funds in connection with lending and investment transactions.
Cary Farris and John Linker have joined Winstead’s Houston office as shareholders. Taylor Kilway and Karolina Murguia have joined the firm in Houston as associates. All four attorneys previously were with Houston labor and employment boutique Alaniz Schraeder Linker Farris Mayes. Farris litigates cases in various federal courts on a variety of labor and employment matters. Linker has experience litigating in state and federal courts on complex employment matters and class actions. Kilway advises public and private companies on federal and state regulations governing the workplace. Murguia advises national and international employers on immigration-related matters.
Andrew Gajkowski and Amanda Halter are among eight lawyers recently promoted to partners in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Gajkowski is an intellectual property attorney in the firm’s Austin office. His practice focuses on representing technology clients in business and corporate deals. Halter is an environmental attorney in Pillsbury’s Houston office. She helps clients resolve environmental liability and prepare for and mitigate financial losses and damage to their reputations resulting from a crisis event. The effective date of the promotions is Jan. 1.
Fabiola Segovia, a member of the UNT Dallas College of Law inaugural graduating class, recently joined the trial law firm Hamilton Wingo in Dallas as an associate. Segovia’s practice focuses on wrongful death and personal injury cases.
Edward S. McHorse, a shareholder in Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody in Austin, has received the 2017 Spirit of Compassion Award presented by the Foundation for the Homeless. McHorse often serves as an outside counsel for clients. He also has experience with financing and merger and acquisition transactions and resolving disputes involving business co-owners.
Jorge Padilla, Austin partner in Jackson Walker, has been selected to participate in the Leadership Austin Essential Class of 2018. Padilla is a litigator with experience in representing clients in business disputes. Scott Weatherford and Lindsey Moorhead, Jackson Walker associates in Austin and Houston, respectively, have been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Weatherford has a broad litigation practice, ranging from securities litigation to third-party insurance defense to health care litigation. Moorhead is in the firm’s environmental section and represents clients participating in site cleanup and remediation projects.
Expanded Office Space
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry recently announced the long-term extension and expansion of its office lease at Weston Centre in San Antonio. Since 2016, the firm has grown from five to 15 attorneys in San Antonio and expanded its ERISA and employee benefits, tax-exempt organizations and tax controversy practices. Under the terms of its new agreement, Chamberlain Hrdlicka will expand it current lease to 10,125 square feet, taking most of the 14th floor of the Weston Centre. The firm also extended its commitment to that location to 2025.