Our Firm

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm, providing the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service.

As one of the largest law firms in the world, we have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across the United States, Europe, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. Following last year’s combination with Chadbourne & Parke, we now have more than 1,000 lawyers in our 11 US offices: Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Antonio, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington, DC.

Norton Rose Fulbright operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity, aiming to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Our Practice

We hew to the fundamental principle that we best serve our clients by, first, knowing how their  businesses work and by, second, understanding what drives their industries. With a deep bench of talent in many areas of the law, we are recognized for our depth and breadth of experience in the following key industry sectors:

Financial institutions

Energy

Infrastructure, mining and commodities

Transport

Technology and innovation

Life sciences and healthcare

To learn more about each of our practice areas, which span from litigation to transactions to intellectual property, please visit the Services page on our website.

Your Career

We will foster your growth and help you develop the skills that will make you successful. You’ll benefit from hands-on experience and participate in and be exposed to various areas of legal practice.

Our summer associate program serves as a primary source of new legal talent and is essential to our long-term success. Each year, we invite the finest first- and second-year law students from the nation’s top law schools to spend all or a part of their summer with us. This experience provides a realistic preview of what it is like to practice at Norton Rose Fulbright. We offer sophisticated work, world-class learning and valuable development, and our lawyers are committed to teaching and mentoring. Participants in the summer associate program do real work for real clients. 

Activities include:

  • Carrying out sophisticated and meaningful work projects
  • Gaining insights into our culture
  • Participating in learning and development programs
  • Attending social events and building connections with our lawyers
  • Partaking in our Summer Associate Academy, where all summer associates come together for interactive training, informational presentations and team-building with other Summer Associates from across the US
  • Mentorship programs to help foster relationships within our local offices

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While many of our lawyers come to Norton Rose Fulbright directly from law school, others are experienced lawyers who join us after holding positions with prominent law firms, government agencies or corporations or after having served as judicial clerks. If this is applicable to your situation, please visit Experienced Lawyers. We understand that making a move is an important decision, and we provide experienced lawyers with customized support to ensure that they integrate quickly. 

We are deeply committed to developing our lawyers at every step of their careers. Our associates have access to substantive legal training sessions focused on enhancing their practice specific knowledge. In addition, we offer a robust professional skills curriculum designed and delivered by our in-house Talent Development team. Our New Associates Academy and Year 1 development plan are offered to first-year associates. New Associates Academy offers intensive training and networking opportunities, while our Year 1 development plan ensures that first-year associates have the legal and professional skills that will set them up for success. Midlevel associates receive practical training sessions focused on negotiation skills, legal project management and business development skills. Senior associates participate in an intensive two-and-a-half day business development program that includes a pitch simulation. Our Talent Development team also provides regular tailored training and coaching to associates in every office. These programs cover topics such as presentation skills, time management, delegation, supervision and feedback. Our Global Mobility program provides targeted opportunities for lawyers to be seconded to another office or with a firm client.

Diversity and Inclusion are core values and business imperatives at Norton Rose Fulbright, as evidenced by these initiatives and achievements:

  • Norton Rose Fulbright’s efforts at promoting diversity and inclusion include a focus on retention, promotion and lateral recruiting. We have developed a career strategies program to assist female associates working to become partners.
  • We have four affinity networks: Women in Norton Rose Fulbright, Minority Lawyers Network, Pride at Norton Rose Fulbright and the Flex-ability Network.
  • Our diversity networks foster internal networking and mentoring relationships, provide successful role models, enable lawyers to cultivate relationships with clients, provide opportunities to engage with leadership and sponsor educational programs.
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2018- Human rights Campaign Foundation improves the lives of LGBTQ people by working to increase understanding and encourage of LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.
  • The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational fund Honored Norton Rose Fulbright as Law Firm of the Year2016.
  • Diversity Fellowship- Launching Summer 2020.

To learn more about our commitment to inclusiveness, please visit Diversity at Norton Rose Fulbright.

As a global law firm, we believe that we, as corporate citizens, have a responsibility to help shape the future in a way that provides economic, ecological and social benefits for all. We take pride in practicing corporate responsibility and aiding good causes and the less fortunate. We are committed to being good citizens of the communities in which we live and work. That’s why every year we donate tens of thousands of hours to pro bono matters. We actively seek community partnerships to ensure that our lawyers are available to assist where they are needed most. Our commitment to corporate responsibility is important to our clients, colleagues and local communities.

Our pro bono commitment amounts to millions of dollars in legal fees donated each year to help those who cannot pay for services. We also provide assistance to nonprofit charitable organizations, community development projects and legal service programs for the poor.

We consider pro bono hours in our annual bonus program for associates and pay some costs associated with this work. As part of our tradition of commitment to pro bono, we set expectations for pro bono recognition well above the American Bar Association’s recommendation. A few of our recent pro bono highlights are described at Pro Bono at Norton Rose Fulbright.

We recognize that our pro bono work and our practicing corporate responsibility promote our brand, make us more competitive and help grow our client relationships. In addition, such endeavors can pay dividends in the personal and professional development of our lawyers and staff members.

We support a wide range of charities in each of our offices, with a focus on supporting disabled and disadvantaged children and adults and helping them integrate into society and the business world. We periodically choose a different charity or cause to promote. In 2017, our offices worldwide aided the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which promotes sustainable solutions to critical social problems. In 2015-2016, our charitable initiative focused on the Special Olympics, and we achieved our goal of raising $250,000 through various firm-wide and office-specific activities. Beside our periodic charitable endeavors, we also take part in ongoing global charitable initiatives, including support for The National MS Society. Each year, a team of riders from our offices around the world rides in the BP MS 150. At this event, we have won numerous awards, including Rookie Team of the Year, Second Highest Fundraising Average Per Rider and Top 25 Fundraising Team.

Our corporate responsibility was especially evident following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas in 2017. We provided aid to our own workers, raising $220,000 for affected Houston employees. Many of our lawyers and support staff members pitched in at organizations that helped those in need in Houston and other southeast Texas communities. We served food to flood victims at shelters, removed damaged carpet and drywall from homes, loaded supplies onto trucks and even assisted with rescue efforts during the storm. Our lawyers also provided pro bono legal aid at Houston shelters and to those who contacted the Houston Bar Association’s LegalLine program.

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