On the Move

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.

Newsmakers: Week of Dec. 1

Saman "Yigal" Saghian, a transactional attorney, has joined Crain, Caton & James in Houston as an associate.

Henry S. May Jr., special counsel, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler in Houston

Newsmakers: Week of Nov. 24

Henry S. May Jr., an energy lawyer, has joined Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler in Houston as special counsel.

Frank S. Wu, a partner in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone and co-chair of the firm's greater China practice group

Newsmakers: Week of Nov. 17

Frank S. Wu has joined Haynes and Boone as a partner in Houston. Wu is cochairman of the firm's greater China practice group.

Sharon Israel, intellectual property partner in the Houston office of Mayer Brown, was named president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) at its annual meeting.

Newsmakers: Week of Nov. 10

Sharon Israel, a Houston partner in Mayer Brown, has been named president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Newsmakers: Week of Nov. 3

Jacylyn "Jackie" Gardner Austein has joined Winstead in Austin as an associate in the commercial litigation practice group.

Shawn Stephens, a partner in the tort and environmental litigation practice of the Houston office of King & Spalding

Newsmakers: Week of Oct. 27

Shawn Stephens has joined King & Spalding in Houston as a partner in the tort and environmental litigation practice.

Samantha A. Fant, associate, Kelly Hart, Fort Worth

Newsmakers: Week of Oct. 20

Samantha A. Fant has joined Kelly Hart & Hallman in Fort Worth as an associate.

Katarzyna 'Kasia' Brozynski, partner, Gordon & Rees, Dallas

Newsmakers: Week of Oct. 13

Katarzyna "Kasia" Brozynski has joined Gordon & Rees as a partner in Dallas.

Allison Brauer, a medical malpractice associate in Dallas-based Criss and Kraft

Newsmakers: Week of Oct. 6

Allison Brauer has joined Criss & Kraft in Dallas as a medical malpractice associate.

Charlie Florsheim, a shareholder in Winstead’s corporate securities/mergers and acquisitions practice group, Fort Worth

Newsmakers: Week of Sept. 29

Charlie Florsheim has joined Winstead in Fort Worth as a shareholder in the corporate, securities and mergers and acquisition practice group.

Eugene R. Egdorf, managing attorney, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston

Newsmakers: Week of Sept. 22

Eugene R. Egdorf has become managing partner for commercial litigation in The Lanier Law Firm in Houston.

Elsa Manzanares, partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell, Dallas

Newsmakers: Week of Sept. 15

Elsa Manzanares, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell, has been selected by the Dallas Regional Chamber to participate in the 40th Class of Leadership Dallas.

Newsmakers: Week of Sept. 8

Adam C. Rehm, a registered patent attorney and former U.S. patent examiner, has joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in Dallas.

Todd H. Colvard, of counsel, Ford Nassen, Houston office

Newsmakers: Week of Sept. 1

Todd H. Colvard, a litigator, has joined Ford Nassen & Baldwin as of counsel in Houston.

Angela Offerman, an associate with Kane Russell Coleman & Logan in Houston

Newsmakers: Week of Aug. 25

Angela Offerman, an associate with Kane Russell Coleman & Logan in Houston, has been selected chairwoman of the Young Lawyers Committee of the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section.

Jim Moseley

Newsmakers: Week of Aug. 18

Jim Moseley, who has served as a justice on the Fifth Court of Appeals, will join Gray Reed & McGraw in Dallas on Sept. 2. He will chair the firm's appellate section.

Natalie Smeltzer, associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Dallas

Newsmakers: Week of Aug. 11

Natalie Smeltzer, a Dallas associate in Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been named the 2014 Lend-a-Lawyer and will spend three months working full time on pro bono matters.

Pablo Almaguer, is private attorney involvement group coordinator at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Edinburg

Newsmakers: Week of Aug. 4

Pablo Almaguer, private attorney involvement group coordinator for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Edinburg, has received the Judge Sam Williams Award from the State Bar of Texas.

Bridget Moreno Lopez, managing partner of the Dallas office of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson

Newsmakers: Week of July 28

Bridget Moreno Lopez has been appointed managing partner of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson in Dallas.

Newsmakers: Week of July 21

Tarron Gartner-Ilai has joined the insurance coverage boutique Amy Stewart Law in Dallas as a principal.

Robert A. Jacobson, tax partner, Bracewell & Giuliani, Houston

Newsmakers: Week of July 14

Robert A. Jacobson, a tax attorney, has joined Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston as a partner.