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KC Waldron

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KC Waldron has joined Empower as the new chief compliance officer where she will oversee the management and development of the company’s compliance program. Waldron spent 12 years at Charles Schwab, most recently as managing director, chief compliance officer of Schwab Wealth Advisory, Inc., and head of Wealth & Advice Solutions compliance.

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Barrett Robin

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Barrett Robin has been named partner at the Dallas plaintiffs’ law firm Hamilton Wingo. In addition to his trial success, Robin has secured multiple seven-figure settlements in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.

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Timothy Tyler

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Timothy Tyler has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as counsel in its Houston office. Tyler practices international commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration under treaties and state contracts, and associated U.S. litigation. He also is an adjunct professor at Texas Law, teaching courses in international arbitration.

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Richard Mills Jr.

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On May 2, 2024, Richard Mills Jr. was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as incoming ambassador to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service.

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Ellie Sowanick

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Ellie Sowanick has been promoted to counsel at Haynes Boone, working with the Trademark and Advertising Practice Group in Orange County. Her practice focuses on a variety of trademark, patent, copyright, and design patent matters, as well as brand management and resolving complex and multi-jurisdictional trademark and domain disputes.

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Paul Trahan

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Paul Trahan has been appointed as the partner-in-charge at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright’s Austin office. Trahan has been with the firm since 1996.

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Victor Obaseki

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Victor Obaseki started as the first diversity, equity, and inclusion director of Alameda County. Obaseki will help the county strategically and systematically act to improve the lives of all residents. Previously he worked at the Vera Institute of Justice.

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Jaime Vasquez

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Jaime Vasquez was named managing shareholder of Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s San Antonio office. Vasquez concentrates his practice on federal, state, and international tax controversy matters.

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Kari Potts

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Kari Potts has been named chief legal officer and compliance Officer at Earth Holdings, LLC, a Brigham family company. Potts was previously vice president, general counsel, secretary and compliance officer at Brigham Minerals, Inc., prior to its merger with Sitio Royalties Corp. in December 2022. She is re-joining some of the executive team members with whom she previously served.

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Elisabeth Kincaid

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Elisabeth Kincaid has been named director of the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University. She also will serve as associate professor of ethics, faith and culture in Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary and as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Management in the Hankamer School of Business.

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Rachael McDonell Rolon

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Rachael M. Rolon is one of the co-founders of Lawgical Workspace, a co-working space for legal professionals, located in The Woodlands, Texas. An experienced attorney at Rolon Law Firm, she specializes in representing corporations, small businesses, and individuals.

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Kayvon Rashidi

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Kayvon Rashidi is now a partner at Powers Kerr & Rashidi, PLLC. Rashidi joined the team at Powers and Kerr, PLLC in August 2020, and represents clients in all manner of family law cases, including complex property division, high conflict custody litigation, marital property agreements, and protective orders. While at Texas Law he was an executive editor of the Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law.

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Jason Boatright

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Jason Boatright has been appointed to the Texas Racing Commission, which oversees pari-mutuel wagering on horse and greyhound racing. Boatright is special counsel at Duane Morris LLP and is a former justice of the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals.

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Julia Simon

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Julia A. Simon has joined trial litigation firm Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann as partner. Previously, Simon served as the chief legal officer for Mary Kay Inc. for almost 25 years.

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James R. Mundy

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James R. Mundy has been hired at Curtis Thaxter, a Portland (Maine) law firm. Prior to joining the firm, Mundy had a practice in York County focused on real estate, probate and estate planning.

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Jaime Vasquez

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Jaime Vasquez has been named the managing shareholder of Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s San Antonio office. Vasquez, who is board certified in tax law, has counseled clients in tax litigation matters, handling cases before the United States Tax Court, United States District Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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Jack Woodville London

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Jack Woodville London will speak on the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Omaha and Utah beaches in Normandy, France. Jack will speak at the Brittany American Military Cemetery at Montjoie-Saint-Martin, France, on June 6, 2024, and at the Normandy American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer the following day.

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Tommy Gregory

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Rep. Tommy Gregory, a lawyer and Air Force veteran who is chairperson of the state House Judiciary Committee, has been named as the next president of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Gregory was first elected to the House in 2018, representing Manatee County’s District 72.

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Kelly E. Wise

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Kelly E. Wise has been promoted to shareholder at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. in Dallas, working as a member of the firm’s Litigation and Transportation practices. Wise, who was included in the 2024 Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” directory, has background in a range of litigation matters, including construction liability and defects, premises liability and transportation and trucking liability.

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Meghan A. McCaffrey

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Meghan A. McCaffrey has a new position as co-managing partner at the Washington, D.C. office of Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers. McCaffrey is an accomplished trial lawyer, representing major U.S. and multinational corporations in complex business disputes and multi-billion dollar commercial litigation in federal and state courts.

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William McClellan Thornberry

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William McClellan “Mac” Thornberry has been appointed to the board of directors of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation. Thornberry represented the 13th district of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-2021.

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Jennifer Brown

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Jennifer Brown has been named chief legal officer and senior vice president of Mercy, where she will contribute to the company’s growth and collaboration efforts as one of the largest U.S. health systems. Brown has served in various roles including chief administrative officer, general counsel, and chief legal officer at several healthcare companies.

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Irwin H. Steinhorn

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Irwin H. Steinhorn has joined the Oklahoma City office at the firm of Steptoe & Johnson as of counsel. Steinhorn’s background includes serving as vice president and general counsel for two New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed companies. He also served as an adjunct professor of law for 28 years at Oklahoma City University School of Law.

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Leon Schydlower

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Judge Leon Schydlower has been sworn in as a federal district court judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Schydlower has been a magistrate judge in the district since 2015 and previously worked as special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Hawaii following two years as a trial attorney on active duty for the U.S Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

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James Kitces

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James Kitces has been appointed managing partner of Robins Kaplan’s Boston office. He will be instrumental in driving the firm’s strategic goals, bringing proven leadership qualities, strong vision, and the respect of his colleagues to his new position.

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Marty Meekins

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Marty Meekins co-founded the recently launched Emory Oak Partners, a firm specializing in real estate and service industry business equity and enhanced credit strategies. Meekins, who will serve as the company’s co-chief executive officer and general counsel, has more than 25 years of financial strategy, business management, technology, and legal affairs experience.

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Jennifer Johnson

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Jennifer Johnson has joined Enstor Gas as general counsel. Johnson has more than a decade of energy-related legal experience and previously served as general counsel for Salt Creek Midstream.

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Jessica Bayne

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Jessica Bayne has joined the Estate Planning & Administration practice group at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek as of counsel. An accomplished attorney, Ms. Bayne’s  estate planning and tax law practice focuses on assisting individuals and families in preparing for the future, offering expert counsel on estate planning, charitable giving and wealth preservation for future generations.

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Lisa E. Davis

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Veteran trial lawyer Lisa E. Davis has joined Wittliff Cutter as senior counsel. Davis has more than 20 years of experience leading complex commercial litigation matters and intellectual property disputes, and years of senior in-house counsel perspective.

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Carolyn D. Roch

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Carolyn Roch has joined Kean Miller’s Houston office as a partner, practicing with the labor and employment law, casualty litigation, and commercial litigation groups. She is a seasoned litigator who focuses on complex commercial litigation. Roch previously was a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

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Pete Olson

Pete Olson

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Pete Olson has been named chairman of the Board of the Lone Star Flight Museum. A former U.S. Navy pilot, Olson served as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 22nd congressional district from 2009 to 2021.

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William McClellan “Mac” Thornberry

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William McClellan “Mac” Thornberry has been appointed to Booz Allen Hamilton’s board of directors. Thornberry represented the 13th district of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 1995 until January 2021.

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Taylor Markway

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Taylor Markway has been named partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in the firm’s Kansas CIty office. Markway is a litigator who excels in appellate matters—including state and federal appeals as well as extraordinary writs—and insurance matters, including coverage disputes and bad faith claims.

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Tim Taylor

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Tim Taylor has been appointed to the 2024 board of directors and executive committee of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), oth of which he previously chaired. Taylor also previously served as president of RECA.

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Meghan Griffiths

Meghan Griffiths

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Meghan Griffiths has been elected as firmwide chair of Jackson Walker’s Environmental, Regulatory, & Legislative practice. She also has been ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide for her Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation practice. Griffiths’ practice focuses on complex litigation in the energy and electric power sector.

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Tracy Carson

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Tracy Carson has joined Munck Wilson Mandala as a senior associate, focusing his practice on complex commercial litigation. Carson previously worked as a senior associate at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

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Brad Brown

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Brad Brown has become one of 11 Texas lawyers to obtain board certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) in the newly launched certification area of Aviation Law. He also has been named in Lawdragon’s 2024 list of top 500 leading litigators in America and ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide as one of the top lawyers in the U.S. for Aviation Litigation. A partner at Jackson Walker, Brown maintains a national litigation practice with an emphasis on aviation, products liability, insurance and business matters.

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George Hinchey

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George Hinchey has rejoined Haynes and Boone, LLP as partner in the firm’s San Antonio office and Real Estate Practice Group. Hinchey represents private and institutional parties with the acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of commercial properties.

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Jasmine Harding Adams

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Jasmine Harding Adams has joined the global toy and entertainment company Mattel as the manager of investigations in the Legal Department. Adams previously worked at Ogletree, a national employment law firm, where she received numerous recognitions for her work, leadership and integrity.

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Thomas M. Melsheimer

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Tom Melsheimer has been named co-chair of Winston & Strawn’s Litigation Department. Melsheimer serves as managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office, is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is co-author of the critically acclaimed trial advocacy book, “On the Jury Trial.”

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Gerami Granello

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Gerami Granello has joined the real estate practice of Holland & Knight in Houston. He was previously a partner with Mayer Brown, where for more than 20 years he helped lead the firm’s asset management and leasing group. Gerami provides acquisition, disposition, leasing and asset management representation to real estate funds and advisers in connection with their office, retail and industrial real estate portfolios.

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Jessica Mederson

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Jessica Mederson has been elected to Stafford Rosenbaum LLP’s Board of Directors, overseeing its human resources efforts. Mederson’s practice focuses on business law and litigation, including manufacturing and construction disputes, Uniform Commercial Code litigation, and contract negotiations and disputes.

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Renee Meisel

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Renee Meisel has been named executive vice president and general counsel at UnitedLex. Meisel previously provided business-enabling operational solutions at a variety of firms including PracticLaw, Breakwater, Purpose Legal, and Dell Technologies.

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Neill Fuquay

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Neill Fuquay has joined Jackson Walker’s Corporate & Securities practice group in the firm’s Dallas office. Fuquay, who has been named in Texas Super Lawyer since 2020, focuses his practice on commercial real estate and corporate transactions.

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Shelisa Brock

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Shelisa Brock has been elected to partnership at Jackson Walker LLP. A double Longhorn, Brock specializes in labor and employment law and has been named among the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch and as a Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers.

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Nick Lowrey

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Nick Lowrey has joined Klasko Immigration Law Partners as counsel at the Washington, D.C. office. Lowrey has worked in immigration law for the past seven years.

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Jim Smith

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Jim Smith is visiting professor of law for spring semester 2024 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He is professor emeritus at the University of Georgia School of Law.

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James Billingsley

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James Billingsley has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm’s Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice Group in its Dallas office. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Billingsley was a senior partner at Polsinelli PC.

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Layne Thompson

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Layne Thompson has been appointed as the district attorney of the 159th Judicial District in Angelina County by Governor Greg Abbott. Thompson, who previously served as an assistant district attorney, is former of counsel for Mike Love & Associates and former vice president of Thompson Cattle Company.

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Alejandra Avila

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Alejandra Avila has rejoined Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick PLLC as of counsel. Avila was formerly an associate at the firm before serving as a judicial law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the United States Supreme Court.

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