Norton Rose Fulbright at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Quality of work”
  • “Growth opportunities”
  • “Friendly and approachable colleagues”

Downers

  • “Hours”
  • “Bonus structure”
  • “Firm's decision-making process”

About Norton Rose Fulbright

Teaming Up to Go Global

Norton Rose Fulbright is the product of some of the last decade's largest law firm combinations, but the legacy firms each had a long history before the recent mergers. U.K.-based Norton Rose traces its history to the late 1700s, when an attorney named Robert Charsley hung out his shingle in London. Name partners Phillip Rose and Henry Elland Norton joined in the 1930s to form a firm then known as Baxter, Norton & Rose, representing the Great Northern Railway. A century on, the firm (then known as Norton, Rose & Co.) merged with shipping firm Botterell & Roche (founded 1861) to form Norton, Rose, Botterell & Roche in 1961. The firm expanded by opening offices in Hong Kong, Bahrain, and Singapore in the 70s and 80s, before combinations between 2010 and 2012 with Australian and Canadian firms to create one of the ten largest firms in the world.

Meanwhile in the United States, R.C. Fulbright founded the firm that would become Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston in 1919.  Leon Jaworski joined in 1931. Jaworski led investigations into Nazi war crimes in World War II, assisted in the prosecution of Mississippi's governor stemming from his refusal to allow James Meredith admission to the University of Mississippi, and later served as Watergate special prosecutor after his predecessor had been removed in the "Saturday Night Massacre." Fulbright & Jaworski garnered a strong reputation in the energy, financial, transportation, and healthcare industries and was instrumental in the formation of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical system in the world.

In 2013 the two firms combined to form Norton Rose Fulbright, with more than 3,800 lawyers in more than 55 offices worldwide. In 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright brought on another 300 attorneys through a merger with New York-based Chadbourne & Parke. Chadbourne was founded in 1902 by bareknuckle boxer and New York Subway magnate Thomas Chadbourne, building up expertise in project finance, energy, insurance, and products liability.  The combined firm now boasts more than 4,000 attorneys globally in cities across the United States, Europe, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

Norton Rose Fulbright Today

The combined mega firm provides major corporations and financial institutions across the globe with a full array of business law services with particular expertise in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. But Norton Rose Fulbright also works with a number of innovative startups, particularly in the United States, helping clients turn their ideas into growing businesses.

Norton Rose serves as the global legal advisor to the automotive conglomerate McLaren Technology Group, working alongside their in-house counsel on corporate and M&A transactions, consulting on contractual and intellectual property matters, and advising on real estate and employment law. Through representation, Norton Rose Fulbright is the only law firm to partner with a Formula One team, the McLaren Honda racing team.

The firm also sponsored the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, a two-year circumnavigation of the world by the Jubilee Sailing Trust's tall ship, Lord Nelson. Upon the ride's completion, the ship had taken its mixed crews of disabled and able-bodied sailors four times across the equator, reaching seven continents, covering 50,000 miles and visiting 30 countries. Additionally, the firm participated in the 2014 BP MS 150 bicycle ride from Houston to Austin and the 2015 Great Canadian Canoe Challenge, a two-day sponsored paddling (canoeing) fund-raiser, on the shores of Lake of Bays in the Muskoka region of Ontario. Recently, approximately 175 volunteers from more than 20 offices traveled to the township of Tsakane in South Africa for the main fundraising event of the firm's 2016-17 global charitable initiative, the Nelson Mandela Foundation-Challenge 67. The firm worked with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to construct a children's community center and plant a sustainable food garden. 

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Norton Rose Fulbright

1301 McKinney St.
Suite 5100
Houston, TX 77010-3095
Phone: (713) 651-5151

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Global Chief Executive: Peter Martyr
  • U.S. Managing Partner: Daryl Lansdale
  • U.S. Hiring Partner: H. Douglas Wabner
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 3,800

  • Base Salary

    California; New York; Texas; DC
    1st year: $180,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week


  • Summer Associate Offers

    40 out of 53 (2Ls) (2016)


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust & Competition • Appellate • Banking & Finance • Capital Markets & Securities • Commercial Litigation • Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions & Securities • Dispute Resolution & Litigation • Employment & Labor • Energy & Infrastructure Litigation • Energy Transactions • Environmental • Finance • Financial Institutions & Insurance Litigation • Financial Restructuring & Insolvency • Insurance • Intellectual Property Brands • Intellectual Property Litigation • Intellectual Property Transactions & Patent Prosecution • International Arbitration • Healthcare Transactions • Life Sciences, Pharma & Healthcare Litigation • Mass Torts & Product Liability • Intellectual Property • Power & Alternative Energy • Real Estate • Regulatory & Governmental Investigations • Securities Litigation, Investigations & SEC Enforcement • Tax

Major Office Locations

  • Austin, TX • Dallas, TX • Denver, CO • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • Minneapolis, MN • New York, NY • San Antonio, TX • San Francisco, CA • St Louis, MO • Washington, DC Abu Dhabi • Almaty • Amsterdam • Athens • Bahrain • Bangkok • Beijing • Bogotá • Brisbane • Brussels • Calgary • Cape Town • Caracas • Casablanca • Dar es Salaam • Dubai • Durban • Frankfurt • Hamburg • Hong Kong • Istanbul • Jakarta* • Johannesburg • London • Luxembourg • Melbourne • Mexico City • Milan • Monaco • Montréal • Moscow • Munich • Ottawa • Paris • Perth • Piraeus • Port Moresby • Québec • Rio de Janeiro • Riyadh* • São Paulo • Shanghai • Singapore • Sydney • Tokyo • Toronto • Vancouver • Warsaw *associate office