On June 3, 2013, Fulbright & Jaworski combined with
international legal practice Norton Rose to form Norton Rose
Fulbright. The below profile refers to the pre-combination
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Statistics in this profile refer to
Norton Rose Fulbright.
A Lone Star State institution with a knack for aggressively
pursuing foreign markets, Fulbright & Jaworski is known for its
intellectual property know-how and high-stakes litigation and
corporate finance practices, particularly in connection with that
most Texan of industries-oil.
A Transport Pro Turned Firm Namesake
Fulbright & Jaworski wouldn't exist if it weren't for the
keen-eyed businessmen at Anderson Clayton Company, the world's
largest cotton trader. M.D. Anderson noticed that a local Houston
attorney named R.C. Fulbright had extraordinary talent in the field
of railway regulatory law; with Anderson's encouragement, Fulbright
left his firm and started his own firm devoted to shipping and
transportation. Anderson Clayton was his first (and for a while,
his only) client. Realizing that he couldn't expand his business
without some help, Fulbright asked former district attorney J.H.
Crooker, a well-regarded litigator, to join his fledging firm.
The transportation industry often brought Fulbright to
Washington, DC (literally and figuratively). He spent a great deal
of time working with the now-defunct federal Interstate Commerce
Commission, and in 1927, he opened a DC office. Around the same
time, partners John H. Freeman and William B. Bates joined the
team, bringing with them expertise in corporate matters, business
law and services for financial institutions.
Continuing the firm's tradition of strategic talent-spotting,
Freeman and Bates found themselves thinking about a young attorney
they'd faced (and been defeated by) in an appellate proceeding.
Perhaps it would be better to have him on their side? Leon Jaworski
joined the firm and helped build its oil and gas practice. He also
spent the World War II years overseeing more than 500 war crimes
trials as chief of the Trial Section of the War Crimes Branch of
the Judge Advocate General's Department. He also went on to serve
as a special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal.
A Growth Spurt
Fulbright & Jaworski underwent rapid growth in the 1970s and
1980s. It opened multiple offices in Texas, putting down roots in
Austin, San Antonio and Dallas. It also made its first venture
overseas with the opening of its London office. A 1989 merger with
Reavis & McGrath made headlines as the largest merger to date
between U.S. law firms; this deal gave Fulbright & Jaworski
operations in New York and Los Angeles. Asia was the next stop, as
the firm welcomed a Hong Kong office in 1990. More mergers closed
out the nineties, with the acquisition of New York IP boutique
Felfe & Lynch; Los Angeles-based Robbins, Berliner &
Carson; and teams from the former firm of Pravel, Hewitt, Kimball
& Krieger. In 2000, the firm looked north with the acquisition
of a group of lawyers from Arnold White & Durkee's Minneapolis
office (as well as a cadre from Austin).
The firm's expansion carried on through the 2000s, as it moved
into Munich, the Middle East, St. Louis, Beijing, Denver and
Today Fulbright & Jaworski has experts in over two dozen
industries. The firm's focuses include the energy, health care and
transportation sectors and matters for insurance, nonprofit, real
estate, retail and aerospace clients.
IN THE NEWS
Fulbright represented Skokie, Ill.-based EPN Group, in
connection with a $1.4 billion deal to sell 47 shopping centers it
owns across the US to a joint venture between New York-based
Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Ohio-based DDR Corp. The
transaction is expected to close in June 2012, and is subject to
conditions. EPN Group was jointly formed by Tel Aviv, Israel- based
Elbit Imaging Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT) and its subsidiary Plaza Centers
N.V., with Eastgate Property LLC in order to pursue real estate
investments in the US.
Fulbright represented TOTAL E&P USA, INC. in connection with
its purchase of an undivided 25% interest in, and the joint
development of, 619,000 net mineral acres of oil and gas properties
located in the Utica Shale of eastern Ohio from Chesapeake
Exploration L.L.C. and certain affiliates of EnerVest Ltd. The
total value of the joint venture was $2.3 billion.
Fulbright represented Sinopec International Petroleum
Exploration & Production Corporation in connection with its
purchase from an affiliate of Devon Energy Corporation of an
undivided 33.3% interest in, and the development of, approximately
1.2 million acres of oil and gas properties. The total value of the
joint venture was $2.5 billion. This transaction represents
Sinopec's first investment in the United States.
On January 10, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of
former employees of The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), holding that the
employees could not be sued for damages for alleged violations of
the Eighth Amendment's proscription on cruel and unusual
punishment. GEO is one of the nation's largest operators of private
prisons, and contracts with federal and state agencies to provide
prison services. Fulbright represented the facility employees as
petitioners in the Supreme Court. This marked Fulbright's third
consecutive Supreme Court victory since 2009.
Clients ranked Fulbright 11th out of 306 law firms in the BTI
Client Service A-Team 2012survey, placing the firm once again in
the highly regarded BTI Client Service 30. The BTI
Consulting Group's annual survey of more than 240 corporate counsel
recognizes law firms that provide excellent client service. Firms
in the top 30 "perform 4 to 15 times better than all other law
firms" and provide "the absolute best client service." This is the
eighth year Fulbright has been listed in the BTI Client Service
30 and is ranked as a Client Service Standout.