Houston -- Waste Management Inc. has named Rick L. Wittenbraker senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer. Wittenbraker will manage all of Waste Management’s legal matters and will direct the company’s legal staff. He also will supervise and manage outside legal counsel and Waste Management’s legal compliance program. Wittenbraker was previously employed by Bracewell and Patterson, a Houston-based law firm that handles mergers, acquisitions and general corporate matters. While he was with Bracewell and Patterson, Wittenbraker worked with major energy companies, Waste Management says.