New Positions

. . . Joe Gregory, a litigator with experience in intellectual property law, has joined The Willis Law Group as a partner in Dallas.

. . . Gordon P. “Chuck” Williams Jr. has joined Phillips & Reiter in Dallas. He will focus on corporate governance, compliance, legal operational support, contracts and strategic deal structuring.

. . . Carter Crow is the new partner-in-charge of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston office. Crow succeeds Shauna Johnson Clark, who recently was named the U.S. head of the firm’s employment and labor practice.

. . . Trevor Ives has been promoted to counsel at Hunton & Williams in Dallas.

. . . Manuel G. Berrelez, Christopher J. Dewar and Christina Tate have been named partners in Vinson & Elkins in Dallas. Ryan Carney and Adam Larson have become partners in Houston.

. . . Cam Barker and Jim Zucker have been promoted to partners in Yetter Coleman in Houston.

. . . Courtney L. Stahl has joined Baker Donelson in Houston as an associate with the advocacy department.

. . . Kevin Kudlac and Amber Lee Hagy have joined Greenberg Traurig as shareholders, and Rene Anthony Trevino has joined the firm as of counsel. All are in Austin.

Appointment

. . . Nandita Berry, former senior counsel at Locke Lord in Houston, has been appointed Texas secretary of state by Gov. Rick Perry. The appointment became effective Jan. 7.

Awards

. . . Robert H. Kroney, a shareholder in Kroney Morse Lan in Dallas, has received the Beverly L. Brooks Leadership Award from the Dallas Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

. . . The Houston Bar Association is one of three organizations nationwide that will receive an award Feb. 7 from the American Bar Association for outstanding Law Day activities in 2013.