These alumni notes reflect the period from August 2013 to the present.
Lee Auvenshine has been appointed first assistant county and district attorney for Ellis County. Auvenshine has been employed with the Ellis County and District Attorney's Office since 2005.
Edel Cuadra has joined Phelps Dunbar LLP's Dallas/Fort Worth office as counsel.
William E. Hammel in the Dallas office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, has been honored with inclusion in the 2012 Texas Super Lawyers for Employment Litigation: Defense. Hammel is an experienced employment law litigator and also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to drafting and litigating employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and other restrictive covenants.
Corey J. Seel has been elected to voting shareholder with MehaffyWeber in the firm's Houston office. His practice includes commercial litigation, oil and gas litigation, and transactional matters, intellectual property, bankruptcy litigation, and personal injury litigation. While at Baylor Law, he was the associate editor of the Baylor Law Review and a member of the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society.
Matthew Matheny has been named to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process, which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Matheny, anon-equity partner at Provost Umphrey, is board certified in personal injury trial law. Matheny primarily handles personal injury cases, and he currently serves as primary counsel in the NFL concussion litigation on behalf of the firm.
Jeffrey Taylor has joined the law firm of Martens, Todd & Leonard in Austin as an associate.
Jason R. Bernhardt of Winstead PC has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas.
Robert Greeson was promoted to partner in the global legal practice of Norton Rose Fulbright's U.S. member firm.
Chris Schoessow took part in the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation's annual Wills Clinic in Fredericksburg.
Gayle Schoessow took part in the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation's annual Wills Clinic in Fredericksburg.
Ryan Squires received the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Austin Young Lawyers Association. Squires works for the firm Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P., in Austin.
T.J. Turner was appointed to the Texas Real Estate Commission by Gov. Rick Perry. The Lubbock native began his legal career as a briefing attorney with the Eastland Court of Appeals. From there, he moved to Austin where he took the position of assistant general council to Perry. After a year at the governor's office, Turner accepted a position with the Texas Attorney General's Office, where he litigated employment claims. Turner, who is currently a partner at Cain and Skarnulius LLP in Austin, assumed his position with the Texas Real Estate Commission in January when the legislative session began.
Joshua Williams was chosen as the new principal of Sulphur Springs High School. Prior to entering education, Williams started out practicing as a CPA after attaining his accounting degree from Oklahoma State University. He practiced as a civil trial lawyer for a few years.
Jackie Borcherding was sworn in on Jan. 2 as an Assistant District Attorney of Williamson County. Borcherding will be prosecuting felonies committed in Williamson County.
Robert Little Jr. has been named the 2013 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year. Little works in the Waco office of the firm Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC. His practice is focused on personal injury trial law, toxic tort/asbestos defense, business litigation, and civil trial law. He also is an adjunct professor at Baylor Law, where he coaches mock trial teams, including the teams that won the prestigious National Trial Competition in 2009 and 2012, and the Tournament of Champions in 2012.
Christine Adamson Nowak was recently made partner in the firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC in Dallas.
Dustin A. Paschal recently opened a law firm in Dallas, Simon | Paschal PLLC. The firm focuses on employment law and business law.
Baylor Wortham has been hired as a federal prosecutor assigned to the Beaumont office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. Wortham was born and raised in Beaumont and is a graduate of Kelly High School. He is the son of Bob Wortham, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas (1981-1993). Wortham is married to Lindsay Wortham and is the father of Baylor Wortham II. While in law school, Wortham was a member of the Baylor Law Review. He started his career in 2006 as an assistant district attorney with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. In 2009, Wortham was appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District, primarily prosecuting violent crime in Port Arthur under Operation Time Machine, a Project Safe Neighborhood initiative.
Michael W. Carruth has joined the Sacramento, Calif., office of Klinedinst PC. Carruth's practice will focus on business litigation, general liability, complex litigation, construction, and professional liability.
R. Heath Cheek of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP has been selected by the Dallas Business Journal for inclusion on its annual "40 Under 40" list for 2013. This distinction highlights executives and entrepreneurs 39 years of age and younger who, per the nomination criteria, "have a proven track record in both business and community involvement."
Elisaveta Dolghih was elected to the Junior Achievement of Dallas Young Professionals Board of Directors.
Timothy Head has been named the district director for U.S. Rep. Bill Flores. He formerly worked as chief of staff for state Rep. James White and as Central Texas field director for the Victory Texas 2010 campaign, a project of the state Republican Party. He also has worked as a policy adviser for state Rep. Bryan Hughes.
The Hon. Nicole Mitchell was appointed to the position of U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler effective Aug. 16, 2013. Mitchell replaces retiring United States Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.
Kevin Muenster has been promoted to partner in the Dallas-based law firm of Estes Okon Thorne & Carr PLLC. Muenster is a trial lawyer that maintains an active litigation practice primarily representing Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-size businesses, and individuals in complex, business disputes.He has litigated matters in both state and federal courts throughout the state involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, nuisance, negligence, deceptive trade practices, bad faith, and violations of the Texas Insurance and Property Codes.
Brian Shaw has been named a partner in the firm of Shackelford, Melton & McKinley LLP. Shaw regularly represents companies and individuals in the construction, real estate, and oil and gas industries. He joined Shackelford, Melton & McKinley's Dallas office in 2008.
J. Ryan Fowler, lead attorney for Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm's Houston office, has been recognized by Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine for the 2013 Texas Rising Stars list. Fowler also was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Melissa A. Marcus, an associate in the Tucson office of Snell & Wilmer, has been selected as a member of Tucson's 40 Under 40 Class of 2012. The annual awards recognize young leaders in Tucson based on professional accomplishments, leadership qualities and community impact. Marcus is a long-time volunteer and board leader for Tu Nidito, a local organization that offers support for children who are impacted by serious medical conditions or the death of a parent, sibling or other loved one. She serves on the board of directors of the Young Lawyers' Division of the Pima County Bar Association and has served as a volunteer organizer for the Pima County Superior Court's Law Day student event since 2009. Marcus also uses her skills as a litigator to provide pro bono services to qualified individuals who would otherwise not have legal representation. Marcus's practice at Snell & Wilmer is concentrated in product liability and commercial litigation. Her litigation experience includes matters involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices, class action defense, commercial contract disputes, insurance litigation, construction litigation, financial services litigation and receiverships. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Arizona, the United States District Court, District of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Tiffany Roach Martin, an associate in the Albuquerque office of Modrall Sperling, has been selected as a member of Albuquerque's 2013 class of 40 Under Forty. Martin and the other honorees were selected from a pool of more than 400 nominations of successful, talented and caring young professionals. In 2012, the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association selected her as the Young Lawyer of the Year. This award is given to attorneys who have not practiced more than five years or are under age 36 and have shown exemplary achievement in the legal profession.
Kristy M. Goldman has joined the King Law Group in Austin as of counsel. Goldman is a member of the firm's insurance defense and commercial litigation teams. She has a broad range of experience in defending first-party and third-party insurance disputes, as well as experience litigating complex commercial cases involving fraud, business torts, intellectual property, employment, and real estate disputes.
Laci Myers has been promoted to senior attorney in the Texas trial and appellate firm of Godwin Lewis PC. Myers is a family law attorney.
Josh Borderud has joined the firm of Pakis, Giotes, Page & Burleson, P.C., in Waco as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an Assistant County & District Attorney in Milam County.
Jeff Fisher has joined Dechert LLP as an associate in the intellectual property group, with a focus on patent litigation. He came to Dechert from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where he was likewise working as a patent litigation associate. Fisher will be in Dechert's New York City office until next summer, and then will transfer to Silicon Valley. He and his wife, Ashley, also are preparing for their first child, a little girl who will be named Aurora Brooke.
Jessica Hart will begin serving as the president of the Houston Young Lawyers Association on June 1.
Jennie Knapp has been hired as an associate at The Underwood Law Firm in Amarillo. Knapp's practice encompasses a wide variety of civil litigation. She has defended clients in commercial litigation, including breach of contract and disputes among shareholders, professional malpractice, personal injury, and other civil litigation matters.
J.D. Ressetar has been made partner at Zimmerman, Zimmerman, Cotner, LeJeune and Villarrial, P.C. Ressetar joined the Waco-based firm in 2009. He focuses his practice on personal injury
Brittany Ringel of Beirne, Maynard, & Parsons L.L.P. will begin serving as the president-elect of the Houston Young Lawyers Association on June 1, and will serve a one-year term. She will serve as president of HYLA beginning June 1, 2015.