On the Move

Allison Carroll, Cantey Hanger LLP

Newsmakers: Week of November 23

Allison Carroll has joined Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth as an associate.

Newsmakers: Week of November 16

Buena Vista Lyonshas rejoined FordHarrison as a partner in Dallas. She focuses on defending management in discrimination and other employment-related actions.

Newsmakers: Week of November 9

James E. Smith has joined Schirrmeister Diaz-Arrastia Brem in Houston as senior counsel.

Newsmakers: Week of November 2

Rory Hatch has joined Winstead as an associate in the Houston office. He is in the firm's commercial litigation practice group.

Newsmakers: Week of October 26

Christopher M. Schultz has become executive vice president and general counsel of Dallas-based Level 2 Legal Solutions, an e-discovery and legal services outsourcing firm.

Newsmakers: Week of October 19

James L Dronehas joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz as of counsel in the firm's Houston office.

Newsmakers: Week of October 12

Dara Hegar has been named managing attorney of The Lanier Law Firm. She will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating litigation efforts in the firm's Houston, Los Angeles and New York offices.

Newsmakers: Week of October 5

Vianei Lopez Braunhas joined Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller as a partner in the firm's labor and employment group.

Newsmakers: Week of September 28

Jeff M. Petersonhas joined McGuire Woods as a partner in Dallas. In his practice, Peterson represents hospitals and health care systems in a wide range of transactions.

Newsmakers: Week of September 21

Esmeralda Tinajero has joined the Dallas office of Winstead as an associate in the firm's real estate development and investment practice.

Newsmakers: Week of September 14

Brent Alan Helms has joined Jones Walker as special counsel in the Houston office. He is in the firm's business and commerce transactions practice group.

Quentin Brogdon

Newsmakers: Week of September 7

Quentin Brogdon has joined Crain Lewis Brogdon in Dallas as a partner. He represents plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury litigation.

Glenn Ballard

Newsmakers: Week of August 31

Glenn A. Ballard Jr. has joined Dentons as managing partner of the firm's Houston office and a member of the litigation and dispute practice.

William Powers Jr.

Newsmakers: Week of August 24

William Powers Jr., former University of Texas at Austin president and a former dean of the University of Texas School of Law, has joined the Austin office of Jackson Walker as of counsel.

Maureen F. “Mo” Moore

Newsmakers: Week of August 17

Maureen F. "Mo" Moore, former vice president of corporate labor relations at Xerox Corp. in Dallas, has joined the recently opened Fort Worth office of Dowell Pham Harrison as of counsel.

Newsmakers: Week of Aug 10

Michael McMillin has joined Thompson & Knight as an associate in the firm's government and regulatory group in Austin.

Bruce Pinegar

Newsmakers: Week of Aug 3

Bruce Pinegar has joined The Woodlands office of Winstead as an associate in the firm's wealth preservation practice group.

Ben Patton

Newsmakers: Week of July 27

Ben Patton has been elected a partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman in Houston, where he focuses on environmental matters.

Jason Villalba, a corporate partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell

Newsmakers: Week of July 20

Jason Villalba, a state representative for Texas House District 114, has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell as a corporate partner in the firm's Dallas office.

Robert W. Dockery

Newsmakers: Week of July 13

Robert W. "Bob" Dockery has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in the firm's Dallas office.

Kelly Franklin Bagnall

Newsmakers: Week of July 6

Kelly Franklin Bagnall has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in the firm's Dallas office. Her practice focuses on the hospitality industry.

Ricky Raven

Newsmakers: Week of June 29

Ricky A. Raven has joined Reed Smith as a partner in the firm's U.S. commercial litigation group in Houston.

Gemma Descoteaux

Newsmakers: Week of June 22

Gemma Descoteaux, a Dallas shareholder in Polsinelli's corporate and transactional practice, has been appointed by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of Association for Corporate Growth to be its Women in ACG DFW chairwoman.

David Woodcock

Newsmakers: Week of June 15

David Woodcock will join the Dallas office of Jones Day as a partner in the firm's securities litigation and Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement practice at the end of June.

H. Victor

Newsmakers: Week of May 25

H. Victor "Vic" Thomas, an appellate attorney in personal injury and business litigation, has joined Preis in Houston.

David Newland

Newsmakers: Week of May 18

David Newland has joined Winstead as an associate in Dallas. He handles various corporate transactional matters.

Eric Policastro

Newsmakers: Week of May 11

Eric Policastro has joined Deans & Lyons in Dallas as an associate. His practice focuses on litigation.

Newsmakers: Week of April 27

William "Bill" LaFuze, a veteran intellectual property litigator, has joined McKool Smith as a principal with a dual assignment in the firm's Houston and Washington, D.C., offices.

Michael D. Pegues

Newsmakers: Week of April 20

Michael D. Pegues and Jason A. Wietjes have joined the Dallas office of Polsinelli as shareholders in the firm's national intellectual property and technology litigation group.

Jeffrey E. Spiers

Newsmakers: Week of April 13

Jeffrey E. Spiers, a Houston partner in Andrews Kurth, has been named the firm's executive director.

Jason Bernhardt, a shareholder in the Houston office of Winstead

Newsmakers: Week of April 6

New shareholders in Winstead are Jason Bernhardt, Matt Foytlin and Sean Milligan, Houston; Sargon Daniel, Kara Grimes, Lloyd Lim and Jeff Tinker, Dallas; Adam Plumbley, Fort Worth; and Karl Seelbach, Austin.

Harvey Heller, of counsel in the Real Estate practice group in the Houston office of Coats Rose

Newsmakers: Week of March 30

Harvey Heller and Keith Short have joined Coats Rose as of counsel in the firm's real estate practice group in Houston.

Stephen L. Corso, a partner in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone

Newsmakers: Week of March 23

Steve Corso, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas and also a former enforcement attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined Haynes and Boone as a partner in Houston.

Devon D. Sharp, shareholder, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, Dallas

Newsmakers: Week of March 16

Devon D. Sharp has been promoted to a shareholder in Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas. She is in the firm's business litigation section and labor and employment practice group.

Wendy B. Mills, shareholder and vice president, Kennedy Law, Dallas

Newsmakers: Week of March 9

Wendy B. Mills has joined Kennedy Law in Dallas as a shareholder and vice president. She represents clients in a variety of business-related litigation and transaction matters involving trademark, copyright, contract and employment issues.

Sabina Bramlett, a partner in the Dallas office of Fox Rothschild

Newsmakers: Week of March 2

Sabina Bramlett has joined Fox Rothschild in Dallas as a partner in the firm's taxation and wealth planning practice.

Rachel A. de Cordova, a partner in the Houston office of Phelps Dunbar

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 23

Rachel A. de Cordova has joined Phelps Dunbar in Houston as a partner in the regional marine and energy practice groups.

Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Pannill Fletcher, a partner at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing (AZA), Houston

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 16

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pannill Fletcher, a trial attorney, has been promoted to a partner in Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing in Houston.

Ryan Roberts, an associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in its Dallas office

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 9

Ryan Roberts has joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges as an associate in its Dallas office. Roberts is a member of the firm's tax, benefits and executive compensation department.

Brandon Hedblom, associate, Stibbs & Co., Spring

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 2

Brandon Hedblom has joined Stibbs & Co. in Spring as an associate. His primary practice area is commercial litigation.

R. Heath Cheek, partner, Bell Nunnally & Martin, Dallas

Newsmakers: Week of Jan. 26

R. Heath Cheek has become a partner in Bell Nunnally & Martin in Dallas. He is in the firm's litigation, labor, employment and benefits, creditors' rights and intellectual property practice areas.

Christopher D. Porter, partner, YetterColeman, Houston

Newsmakers: Week of Jan. 19

Christopher Porter, a trial lawyer, has been promoted to a partner in Yetter Coleman in Houston.

Drew Baldinger, a partner with Andrews Kurth in Houston

Newsmakers: Week of Jan. 12

Drew Baldinger has returned to Andrews Kurth as a business transactions partner in Houston.

Newsmakers: Week of Jan. 5

Jared Wood has joined Winstead as an associate in Fort Worth. He is in the firm's corporate and securities and mergers and acquisitions practice group.

Jillian J. Keith, a partner in the Dallas office of Wilson Elser

Newsmakers: Week of Dec. 29

Jillian J. Keith, a litigator, has joined Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker as a partner in Dallas.

Jessica W. Epperson, of counsel, Polsinelli, Dallas

Newsmakers: Week of Dec. 21

Jessica Epperson has joined Polsinelli in Dallas as of counsel to the firm's national corporate and transactional practice.

Jonathan Judkowitz, partner, Winston & Strawn, Houston

Newsmakers: Week of Dec. 15

Jonathan Judkowitz has joined Winston & Strawn as a partner in the firm's corporate transactions group in Houston.

Former GC Tracy Schrader Joins Dallas Insurance Coverage Boutique Amy Stewart Law

Newsmakers: Week of Dec. 8

Tracy Schrader has joined insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law in Dallas as of counsel.