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Thomas A. Forbes has joined the regulatory and government group of the Butler Snow office in Austin. He has been recognized Best Lawyers for administrative/regulatory law and government relations practice since 2007 and as Austin's government relations practice "Lawyer of the Year" in 2017.
Steve McConnico was named 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year by TEX-ABOTA. Steve has been an active and ardent supporter of ABOTA and TEX-ABOTA for more than 30 years. He served as the president of TEX-ABOTA in 1997, and president of the Austin chapter from 1993-95.
Jeffrey T. Nobles joined Husch Blackwell's Houston office as a partner. He works with the firm's technology, manufacturing and transportation industry group, and its commercial litigation practice group.
Hon. Kevin R. Sweazea was nominated to serve as Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Kevin is currently serving as Magistrate Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Before being selected as a Magistrate Judge in 2017, Judge Sweazea served as a Judge on New Mexico's Seventh Judicial District Court since 2001, including ten years as Chief Judge.
David Schulze was recently appointed as the first executive level Chief of Staff for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).
Melanie Okon has joined the complex litigation and employment law teams of Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas.
Heath Cheek, with Bell Nunnally & Martin, was recognized as one of D Magazine's "Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas."
Bruce Wilkin joined Shackelford Bowen McKinley & Norton LLP to open their new Houston office. Wilkin handles trials and appellate cases in the practice areas of energy, environmental, and insurance disputes.
George Gutierrez joined Reed Smith LLP as a partner in its recently opened Dallas office. He handles transactions in the oil and gas space, with a focus on exploration and production and midstream companies. He helps companies with acquisitions and divestitures and assists banks in their deals with E&P entities.
Casie Rivas founded the firm Rivas Law, PLLC in Sherman, Texas. Rivas Law specializes in business, transactional, corporate, and health law.
Jessica Kirker was named as Employment Relations Counsel for Torchy's Tacos in Austin
Jeanine Novosad Rispoli has been elected to serve as District 9 Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association's Board of Directors.
Lauren Renee Sepulveda has been sworn in as the President of the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association and has been re-elected to serve as District 13 Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association's Board of Directors.
Veronica Lynn Sepulveda has rejoined the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney's Office Felony Division.
Leah Maxwell Graham was named to the Top 40 under 40 roster of Texas civil plaintiff trail lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. She was also recognized as a 2019 Texas Rising Star. Leah is with Hicks Thomas LLP in Houston.