Our Firm

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

As one of the four 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 approximately 1,000 lawyers across 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

Knowing how our clients’ businesses work and understanding what drives their industries is fundamental to us. 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 help you develop the skills that will make you successful. You’ll benefit from hands-on experience, participation and exposure to various areas of legal practice.

Our summer associate program is the 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. Participants do real work for real clients. We offer sophisticated work, world-class learning and valuable development, and our lawyers are committed to teaching and mentoring. 

Some of the things you can look forward to include:

  • Doing 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 personal interactions

While many of our lawyers come to Norton Rose Fulbright directly from law school, others are experienced lawyers joining us after holding positions with prominent law firms, government, corporations or judicial clerkships.  If this is applicable to your situation, please visit Experienced Lawyers. We understand that making a lateral move is an important decision and provide lateral lawyers with the support to integrate quickly. 

We are deeply committed to developing our lawyers at every step of their career. 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 Learning and 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 with a pitch simulation. Our Learning and Development team also provides regular tailored training and coaching to associates in every office. These programs include topics such as presentation skills, time management, delegation, supervision and feedback. Our Global Mobility program provides targeted opportunities for associates to be seconded to another office.

Diversity and Inclusion are core values and business imperatives at Norton Rose Fulbright.  We are using our global status to organize our diversity efforts internationally.

  • Norton Rose Fulbright has a global diversity and inclusionfocus on retention, promotion and lateral recruiting. We have developed a career strategies program to assist female associates in being promoted to partner.
  • 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, highlight successful role models, enable lawyers to cultivate relationships with clients, provide opportunities to engage with leadership and sponsor educational programs.
  • We received the 2015 Dell Legal Diversity Award, which recognizes our exemplary efforts toward diversity and inclusion.

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

As a global law firm, we believe that we have a responsibility, as corporate citizens, to help shape the future in a way that provides economic, ecological and social benefits for all.

Engagement with corporate responsibility benefits the personal and professional development of our people, as well as those we help. This commitment is important to our clients, colleagues and local communities. We recognize that these areas affect our brand and our competitiveness, and help to grow our client relationships.

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 pro bono commitment amounts to millions of dollars in legal fees donated each year to help those who are unable to 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 a 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:

  • Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the nation, honored Norton Rose Fulbright as its recipient of the 2015 Public Counsel Pro Bono Award for the firm’s extraordinary commitment to justice.
  • We are multiyear award winners for large law firm category by the Harris County Bench Bar Pro Bono Awards Committee.

We support a wide range of charities in each of our offices, with a focus on supporting disabled and disadvantaged children and adults; helping them to integrate into society and the business world. We began our current initiative in 2017 supporting the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which sets out to deliver to the world a resource on the life and times of Nelson Mandela, and to promote sustainable solutions to critical social problems. In 2015-2016, our initiative focused on the Special Olympics, where we achieved a fund-raising goal of $250,000 through numerous global and local activities. An ongoing global initiative at Norton Rose Fulbright supports The National MS Society. Through our long-established participation in the BP MS 150, with a global team of riders, we have won numerous awards, including Rookie Team of the Year, Second Highest Fundraising Average Per Rider and Top 25 Fundraising Team.

In addition, Norton Rose Fulbright helped its people and the community following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas. Our people raised more than $220,000 to help affected employees in Houston. Our lawyers provided pro bono legal aid at Houston shelters and the Houston Bar Association’s LegalLine program. Our lawyers and support staff assisted throughout the Houston community, serving food to flood victims at shelters, removing damaged carpet and drywall, loading supplies onto trucks and even assisting with rescue efforts during the storm itself.