Gregory Etzel has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as a partner in the firm’s health care team in Houston. Etzel previously was the vice president of legal affairs at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The Morgan Lewis health care practice group provides regulatory, transactional, litigation and government investigations services to hospitals, health systems and other medical providers.
Michael Boldt and Jeffrey B. Stuart are among 17 new U.S. partners elected at Eversheds Sutherland. Both are based in the firm’s Austin office. Boldt advises clients on energy and complex litigation matters. Stuart represents electric utilities, power marketers and retail electric providers in federal and state regulatory and litigation matters.
Robert “Bob” Klinger, Felicia Traub and Jingjing Ye have joined cloud-based Culhane Meadows in the firm’s intellectual property practice in Dallas. Klinger, the former co-chair of Jackson Walker’s patent practice, has prosecuted more than 1,000 U.S. and foreign patents, including reexaminations and reissues. Traub, who formerly was an in-house counsel at Colgate-Palmolive Co., focuses her practice on trademark and branding matters. Ye formerly was an in-house patent counsel with Samsung Research America.
Haynes and Boone has announced the promotion to the firm’s partnership of nine attorneys in its Dallas, Richardson and Mexico City offices. New Dallas partners and their practice areas are Troy Christensen, real estate; Erin England and Cory Feldman, finance; Charlie Jones, litigation and intellectual property; Timothy Newman, litigation; and Blaine Statham, mergers and acquisitions. Patricia Mastropierro, a new partner in the international practice, splits her time between the firm’s Dallas and Mexico City offices. Clint Wilkins, a new partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice in Richardson, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctorate in electrical engineering as well as a J.D. Michael Parsons is a member of the IP practice in the Richardson and Palo Alto, California, offices.
Mark E. Steiner, professor of law at South Texas College of Law Houston, recently was recognized for his volunteerism with awards from two entities. Shell Oil Co. named Steiner as one of its six “Heroes of Houston” in its campaign to honor the resiliency, bravery and generosity of everyday Houstonians in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. BakerRipley (formerly Neighborhood Centers) had nominated Steiner for his efforts to assist families with babies in the midst of record-breaking flooding. In addition, BakerRipley’s immigration program honored Steiner as its Volunteer of the Year and named the inaugural recognition, to be presented annually, the “Mark Steiner Awards for Immigration Altruism.”
Winstead P.C. has relocated its Houston office to occupy approximately 54,000 square feet on floors 50-52 of JPMorgan Chase Tower. The firm will be occupying less space than previously but still will have capacity to grow as much as 15 percent.