2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“People respect your life outside of the firm.”
“Early, hands-on work and responsibility.”
About Norton Rose Fulbright
With around 1,000 lawyers based in the U.S. and another 3,000 around the globe, Norton Rose Fulbright is a legal force. The firm has dozens of offices across six continents, the firm is particularly well known for its energy practice.
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 attorney Robert Charsley hung out his shingle in London. Over the years, the firm expanded through organic growth and combinations to become one of the ten largest firms in the world by 2012. Meanwhile in the United States, R.C. Fulbright founded a firm in Houston in 1919 and was joined by Leon Jaworski joined in 1931. Fulbright & Jaworski garnered a strong reputation in the energy, financial, transportation, and health care industries.
In 2013, the two firms combined to form megafirm Norton Rose Fulbright with more than 55 offices worldwide. In 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright brought on another 300 attorneys through a merger with New York-based Chadbourne & Parke, which brought a host of experience in project finance, energy, insurance, and products liability.
They Like to Go Fast
Norton Rose Fulbright serves major corporations, financial institutions, and innovative startups across the globe, with particular expertise in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and health care. Norton Rose serves as the global legal advisor to the automotive conglomerate McLaren Technology Group, working alongside its 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.
A fixture in Vault’s top 10 for Energy, Oil, & Gas, Norton Rose is a go-to firm for energy matters. The firm’s Energy team spans the globe and counsels clients on issues relating to oil and gas, power and utilities, renewables, and water. The team must take a multidisciplinary approach to handle its clients’ wide-ranging issues, including everything from antitrust and environmental law to IP matters and M&A to tax and contract law, to name some.
At Norton Rose, life isn’t just about billables—the firm offers a host of perks, including a variety of wellness programs. When associates need a break from the stresses of lawyering, they can turn to the firm’s meditation and mindfulness programs. And for those with health on their mind, the firm offers biometric screenings, heart health resources, and on-site flu shots, as well as step challenge and healthy weight challenge.
The firm also looks out for its lawyers’ financial health, with both student loan refinancing resources and personal financial planning resources, such as mortgages, lines of credit, and capital loans.
News & Awards
The 2019 Chambers USA guide ranked Norton Rose Fulbright as a leading law firm in 34 national and statewide practice areas. Chambers also listed 78 individual lawyers in a host of practice areas, both nationwide and in their respective states. For the first time, Norton Rose Fulbright has been ranked for work in Houston & Surrounds, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, USA – Nationwide, Bankruptcy/Restructuring and USA – Nationwide, Projects: Power & Renewables: Transactional.
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright advised on 18 Deals of the Year and received the award for Legal Adviser of the Year – North America (private sector) at this year’s IJGlobal Awards. IJGlobal is a leading industry publication for the energy and infrastructure market. These awards celebrate excellence and recognize the best energy, infrastructure, and mining deals and firms from around the world over the past year. The awards were announced at regional ceremonies in New York, London, Singapore, and Dubai this month.
For the fourth straight year, Norton Rose Fulbright received a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Norton Rose Fulbright earned top marks and designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality in the 2019 report, published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
For the eighth consecutive year, Law360 selected the 20 law firms that “have the broadest global reach and the proven ability to handle the most difficult cross-border matters, from multibillion-dollar mergers to heated legal brawls. Norton Rose Fulbright is ranked fifth in 2018—up two spots—marking the fifth straight year it has been included in the top 10 spots.
- Norton Rose Fulbright team represented Medidata during its merger with Dassault Systèmes in a deal worth US$5.8 billion on an enterprise value basis.
- The firm represented Francis’ Drilling Fluids in its Chapter 11 case. The filing was the largest Chapter 11 energy filing in the Southern District of Texas.
- Following a two-week trial in December 2018, the firm secured a complete defense verdict in a suit brought against Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. (PRMI) and several of its former employees.
- The firm represented the senior lenders on the US$3 billion-plus restructuring of the 531 MW Alto Maipo hydroelectric power project in Chile.
- Acritas Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, 4th among global legal brands (2019)
- American Lawyer, Am Law 200, Top 15 Law Firms by Gross Revenue (2019)
- Chambers USA, leading law firm in 34 state and national practice areas (2019)
- Law360, Global 20 list: No. 5 of the top 20 global firms in terms of global presence (2018)
- Corporate Equality Index, perfect score of 100 percent (2018)
Why Work Here
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.
1301 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010-3095
Phone: (713) 651-5151
Global Chief Executive: Peter Martyr
U.S. Managing Partner: Daryl Lansdale
U.S. Hiring Partner: Judi Archer
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
3.5K - 4K
California; New York; Texas; Washington, DC
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: $3,654/week
Summer Associate Offers:
61 out of 69 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
82 total (69 2Ls; 13 1Ls) (2018)
Director of Legal Recruiting, U.S.
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Antonio, TX
San Francisco, CA
St Louis, MO
+47 international offices
Antitrust and Competition
Banking and Finance
Corporate, M&A and Securities
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Employment and Labor
Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
Regulations and Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.