The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s traditional strengths are in energy, healthcare, technology, entertainment (particularly disputes involving movie distribution) and transport, with clients including the likes of Phillips 66, Shell, Baylor Health Care System, and ABX Logistics. Anne Rodgers, who is based in Houston alongside practice head Layne Kruse and Darryl Anderson, was particularly active, and recent highlights for her include handling the appeal, for client American Alloy Steel, of a jury trial verdict that found that steel service centers and mills participated in a group boycott to shut down a competing steel service center. In Washington DC, Neely Agin made partner, while in New York, the group added Robin Adelstein, a life sciences expert who joined from an in-house position at Novartis.

[back to top]

United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s global practice, co-headed by Houston-based Mark Baker, mainly handles international commercial arbitrations for private companies such as AECOM, Advanced Metal Works, ExxonMobil, Mawarid Holding and RTKL. Baker and Houston-based Kevin O’Gorman acted on behalf of a major energy corporation in a matter related to the exploration and operation of projects in a Middle Eastern country. O’Gorman also represents the Canadian affiliate of an international oil field services company in an international arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules. The group, which also has partners in Washington DC and New York, represents a smaller batch of clients in investor-state disputes. Matthew Kirtland, for example, represented Gold Reserve Inc. in conjunction with US enforcement of a $750m ICSID award against Venezuela related to the expropriation of mining investments. The Nigerian National Petroleum Company and Kazakhstan are among the firm’s other state or state-owned clients.

Leading lawyers

Mark Baker - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

[back to top]

International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has recently bolstered its international litigation practice with several additions to its already talented team. Paul Keller, who focuses on patent and trade secret litigation, joined the firm’s New York office from Allen & Overy LLP in July 2015. Robin Adelstein, former counsel to the generics division of Novartis, arrived in the New York office in the same month. David Navetta and Boris Segalis, cybersecurity experts based in Denver and New York respectively, came on board in November 2014. These four joined Houston-based Gerard Pecht, the global head of dispute resolution and litigation, and Louis Strubeck, who splits his time between New York and Dallas. In a recent highlight, Bill Leone represented a former managing director in JPMorgan’s chief investment office in various proceedings brought by regulatory enforcement agencies in the US and elsewhere, including the DOJ, the SEC and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. The firm services global corporations such as AT&T, General Electric and Shell.

[back to top]

Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s practice often defends high-profile clients in high-stakes litigation. San Antonio-based department head Steven Jansma serves as national and regional coordinating trial and discovery counsel for manufacturers, distributors and automotive retailers. He acted as lead trial counsel for Cooper Tire & Rubber in a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit arising from a high-speed rollover accident in California; the case was settled prior to trial. Houston-based Edward Adams serves as the lead counsel to United Airlines in a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff claiming the defendant failed to divert a flight to treat the plaintiff’s medical conditions. The firm’s client base includes Toyota and BP.

[back to top]

Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s deep bench of trial experts regularly serves as national and regional coordinating counsel to key players in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Merck & Co. Led by Houston-based Gerry Lowry and Dallas-based Jonathan Skidmore, the team represented Bayer in its nationwide Yaz/Yazmin litigation alleging arterial blood clot injuries; Bayer agreed to pay $57m towards a settlement program to resolve remaining claims. In Los Angeles, the well-regarded Jan Dodd has a strong track record in defending clients in state and federal courts.

[back to top]

Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s Houston-based department has a strong track record in representing clients before courts and regulators in a broad range of toxic tort matters. Otway Denny successfully defended Enterprise Products against nearly 100 plaintiffs alleging personal injuries arising from a fire at a storage facility in 2011; the team recently won summary judgment on remaining claims. Stephen Dillard is leading the practice’s representation of Chevron Phillips Chemical and ConocoPhillips in an MDL brought by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which alleges contamination of waters by gasoline products containing harmful methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). Other clients include Cabot Oil & Gas, ExxonMobil and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Practice head Steven Jansma divides his time between San Antonio and Houston.

[back to top]

Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has an outstanding reputation among energy companies and is an increasingly popular choice as counsel to financial institutions. Gerard Pecht in Houston leads the litigation practice and, along with Austin-based Peter Stokes, he won the dismissal of a 10b-5 class action and four derivative lawsuits for Magnum Hunter Resources that followed a $200m fall in the company’s capitalization after a drop in its stock price. The firm also resolved a first-of-its-kind SEC enforcement action against Houston American Energy. Rodney Acker in Dallas is also recommended.

[back to top]

United States: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Clients appreciate Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s ‘great industry knowledge’ of both aviation and shipping and the ‘very good value for money’. The firm’s offices in Europe, Asia and Australia support a global practice, which in the US is headed by James Tussing in New York. The ‘excellent’ transport and asset finance team handles a continuous flow of aircraft portfolio acquisitions and sales, leasing, and financings for major clients such as AWAS and Apollo Aviation. In notable highlights, the ‘deeply knowledgeable and practicalSean Corrigan led advice to Emirates on the first ever ECA-backed Sukuk (Islamic bonds), the proceeds of which ($913m) were used to finance four Airbus A380; he also assisted LATAM Airlines as borrower with a $250m engine portfolio financing. The ‘very experiencedBrian Devine and Brad Berman add significant expertise in ship finance to the team; in a recent highlight, Devine advised ABN AMRO Bank and Citibank as lenders on a $760m fleet financing. Other key clients include Deutsche Bank, Citibank and Air Canada. Alyssa Marie Vazquez made partner in 2015 and focuses on aviation finance.

Leading lawyers

James Tussing - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

[back to top]

Project finance
Project finance: advice to lender - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The ‘responsive’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is led by Jeremy Hushon and Michael Pikiel. Its recently acquired sponsor clients include Aldridge Electric, International Container Terminal Services and OHL USA, while its new lender clients include Lend Lease Investments (US), AMP Capital and John Laing Investments. The ‘constructive’ and ‘commercial’ Pikiel acted for Aldridge Electric as contractor and Aldridge Freeway Lighting as equity investor in the DBFMO aspects of improvements to current freeway and tunnel lighting systems in the Metro Detroit area. This constitutes the first of several proposed PPPs for freeway lighting systems in the US, and was Michigan’s first such project to reach commercial and financial close. Pikiel also advised Citigroup Global Markets and Barclays Capital as the underwriters supporting Blueridge Transportation Group, the preferred bidder for the $800m DBFMO project involving four tolled lanes on Texas State Highway 288. Infrastructure PPP projects are a key part of the firm’s practice; the team also assisted Meridiam Infrastructure, Balfour Beatty Investments and Walsh Investors with their bid to handle the DBFMO aspects of six new buildings for the City of Indianapolis. The buildings, including related parking facilities, will occupy 1.4m sq ft, with the project costing $525m in total. It will be the US’ first PPP project procured by a major city. The team is commended for its ‘strong industry knowledge and experience’, ‘good value for money’ and ‘strong associates and partners’.

[back to top]

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s leverages the core Texas presence of its legacy Fulbright & Jaworski restructuring practice, and its internationally renowned reputation in the energy space, to secure roles on an impressive number of filings by US oil and gas companies. Chief among these are representing the board of directors of Quicksilver Resources in its $2.3bn proceedings, and significant creditor roles in two of the largest energy bankruptcy proceedings of 2015. Louis Strubeck, who divides his time between Dallas and New York, leads the six-partner group, with other key lawyers based in San Antonio, Houston and also Dallas, where the ‘outstandingToby Gerber resides. David Rosenzweig is based in New York, but his former New York-based colleague David Barrack went to Polsinelli PC.

[back to top]

United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s practice is headed up by Michael Irvin and includes Daniel Mark, who acted for Delek US Holdings on its purchase of 48% of Alon USA Energy. Other clients include Anadarko Petroleum, BP America and ExxonMobil. Former Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP lawyers John Mauel, Julie Mayo and Jay Stiffler joined the Houston office in 2015, as did Stephanie Hildebrandt, former general counsel at Enterprise Products Partners.

[back to top]

Energy: litigation
Energy: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

A ‘go-to firm for upstream litigation’, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has oil and gas disputes at its core, and also advises midstream, downstream and oilfield services clients, including Shell, Anadarko Petroleum, EOG Resources, Cabot Oil & Gas, and Chevron. A team including the ‘very smart’ and ‘thoroughDaniel McClure represented Chevron in a class action brought by Kansas and Oklahoma royalty owners for alleged underpayment of oil and gas royalties by the client. Los Angeles lawyer Joshua Lichtman represented Shell in putative class actions brought by industrial and commercial consumers of natural gas in the states of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin. Plaintiffs alleged that Shell conspired with ten other companies to manipulate natural gas index prices between 2000 and 2002 by reporting false trade data to the index publishers. ‘Great trial lawyerWilliam Wood heads the energy and infrastructure practice, which includes Bob Comer, who joined the Denver office from Jackson Kelly PLLC, and new partner Jeffrey Webb.

Leading lawyers

William Wood - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

[back to top]

Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has a substantial roster of clients who call upon its broad expertise in regulatory LNG matters. This includes siting and construction permitting for LNG liquefaction facilities and approvals for natural gas and petroleum pipelines and export, as well as FERC enforcement proceedings. New York’s Lisa Tonery represented Corpus Christi Liquefaction in proceedings before the FERC to obtain authorization to site, construct and operate facilities in Texas. Washington DC-based Erik Swenson assisted Pieridae Energy with obtaining DOE authorization to export natural gas to Canada for conversion into LNG and its subsequent export to FTA countries. Other clients include Energy Transfer Partners, Rio Grande LNG and Freeport LNG Development.

[back to top]

Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s team advises a range of pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies, as well as investors in the life sciences sector. The practice has a solid IP litigation practice and a strong government investigations group. In a recent highlight, Michael Koon and Carol Poindexter acted on a putative nationwide class action on behalf of third-party payors alleging RICO and common law violations from the operation of GlaxoSmithKline co-pay assistance programs. Washington DC-based Frederick Robinson co-heads the global life sciences and healthcare practice, which enhanced its transactional capabilities with the arrival of Andres Liivak from Kaye Scholer LLP in May 2015 and, in July 2015, the arrival of former Sandoz general counsel Robin Adelstein. Liivak advised Novartis on a license, development and commercialization deal with XOMA in which Novartis acquired the global rights to XOMA’s anti-transforming growth factor-beta antibody program. Yvonne Puigcommunicates with clients effectively’ and is able to ‘effectively manage large, complex litigation’. All individuals are based in Austin unless otherwise stated.

[back to top]

Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP handles big-ticket transactions and notable regulatory and litigation mandates. It has a huge presence in Texas, but represents healthcare providers nationwide, and recently advised the University of Arizona Health Network on its $1bn merger with Banner Health. Austin-based senior litigator Yvonne Puig is ‘excellent’, delivers ‘practical advice’ and has ‘poise under pressure’. Austin-based Jerry Bell, Dallas’ Lisa Genecov, and James Wiehl in St Louis are recommended for transactions. Washington DC’s Rick Robinson is noted for government investigations and white-collar criminal cases. The New York presence has grown through a sequence of lateral hires, including Robin Adelstein, former North American general counsel of Sandoz.

[back to top]

United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP saw the addition of Paul Keller to its New York office, bringing with him expertise in patent and trade secret litigation across various sectors, including medical devices, software and semiconductor technology. IP head James Repass acts for plaintiffs and defendants, and has a strong track record in appellate cases; and Charles Walker has been involved in numerous high-value disputes nationwide. Austin-based Mark Garrett represented Euro-Pro in an infringement suit concerning the sale of its cooking systems to large retailers, and also acted for the client in two IPR proceedings initiated by plaintiff Acorne Enterprises. Another key client is Shell Oil, which the group recently defended in a suit alleging infringement of a patent covering a benzene recovery process. Dan Davison, Richard Zembek and Dr. Eric Hall are recommended.

[back to top]

Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s team has handled contentious trademark matters for a variety of clients before federal courts and the TTAB. The team is led by Timothy Kenny in Minneapolis. Other notable trademark litigators are Saul Perloff in San Antonio and Michael Metteauer in Austin. Work highlights included the representation of Nestlé Health Science-Pamlab in a dispute with Virtus Pharmaceuticals. Other mandates came from The Men’s Wearhouse, Mary Kay, NRG Energy, and Fair Isaac Corporation.

[back to top]

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP regularly assists clients with the trademark matters associated with corporate transactions, including conducting due diligence investigations and negotiating licensing and joint venture agreements. It also handles domestic and international portfolio management and is also involved in numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings before the TTAB. Minneapolis-based practice head Timothy Kenny has been advising FICO on global strategy, trademark prosecution and enforcement, and opposition and cancellation proceedings. Austin-based Alicia Morris Groos has been assisting NRG Energy with the management and enforcement of its global trademark portfolio. Other clients include Yorktown Technologies and Georgia-Pacific.

[back to top]

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP grew its practice further through the hires of Houston-based Stephanie Hildebrandt, who focuses on MLPs, from Enterprise Product Partners, and, from Kaye Scholer LLP, New York-based Andres Liivak, who focuses on health technology transactions. Highlights included advising Tesoro Logistics on its merger with QEP Midstream Partners, and, in the energy space, assisting downstream energy company Delek US Holdings on its agreement to acquire 48% of Alon USA Energy’s outstanding shares for approximately $572m. Other matters included acting for the largest specialty bedding retailer in the US, Mattress Firm Holding Corp, in its $425m purchase of The Sleep Train. Large deals included advising Bayer on the $1bn divestiture of its diabetes care business to Panasonic Healthcare. Houston-based US corporate, M&A and securities department head David Peterman acts for clients from the energy, private equity, manufacturing and retail sectors; Efren Acosta focuses on M&A for private and public companies, with a concentration on the manufacturing and oilfield services industries; and private equity chair Edward Rhyne has represented private equity-sponsored clients on various domestic and international acquisitions, including the acquisition of a major league baseball team. Other recommended lawyers include Glen Hettinger in Dallas, San Antonio-based US business law head Daryl Lansdale Jr, Marilyn Mooney in Washington DC and Gene Lewis in Denver.

Leading lawyers

David Peterman - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

[back to top]

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

The department at Norton Rose Fulbright is best known for contentious matters, advising national and global clients on Lanham Act false advertising and unfair competition issues. San Antonio-based Saul Perloff is a partner in the firm’s intellectual property group and heads up the advertising practice. He has substantial experience acting for clients in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors, and recently represented Nestlé Health Science-Pamlab and Breckenridge Pharmaceutical as plaintiffs in a Lanham Act false advertising case relating to a competitor’s prescription medical foods and dietary supplements. Los Angeles-based Jeffrey Margulies is noted for his expertise in the food sector; examples of his recent work include representing Deoleo US and Safeway in two class actions relating to the labeling of olive oil as ‘extra virgin’. Margulies is also representing Hyland in a false advertising class action centering on allegations that the client’s homeopathic sleep aids do not work as advertised. The team obtained a successful jury verdict for the client. The practice also had experience advising in FTC, NAD and CFPB investigations.

[back to top]

Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP fields ‘a responsive, practical and expert team’, which is led by ‘an extremely strong duo’. David Navetta in Denver is a security expert, and Boris Segalis in New York is strong on the privacy side. ‘Navetta’s major strength is his analytical skills; he can quickly provide gut reactions and then be able to dive deeper for a more thorough analysis, if needed’. The team acts for clients from the financial services, pharmaceutical, life sciences, retail, insurance and energy sectors, and is experienced in payment card breaches, cloud computing issues, data hub relocation projects and HIPAA compliance.

[back to top]

United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s practice has strong presence in Texas where it acts for a diverse range of clients, including insurance companies, REITs, real estate developers, financial institutions and retail and manufacturing companies. Jane Snoddy Smith heads the practice from Austin and has particular expertise in transactions involving shopping centers; Smith acted for BlackRock Realty Advisors in four joint ventures to acquire, finance, develop and operate mixed-use, multifamily projects and shopping centers in numerous states. In Dallas, Winston Walp advised Beck Ventures on the $2bn acquisition of Valley View Mall and also assisted Capital Senior Living Corporation with the acquisition and financing of a number of senior housing properties. In San Antonio, James Summers is representing Cirque du Soleil in connection with the development of a $500m theme park in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The team also has practitioners in New York, where Douglas Danzig has been active on behalf of foreign investors.

[back to top]

United States: Tax

US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

The ‘excellentNorton Rose Fulbright US LLP has strong industry knowledge in areas such as transport, financial services, technology, and infrastructure and energy. The ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ team includes key figures Robert Morris and the recommended Jasper Taylor. Morris is defending the British diving and marine services company Adams Challenge in a $75m deficiency claim. The team also acted for independent oil and gas company Newfield Exploration in relation to a US outer continental shelf tax indemnity.

[back to top]

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP tax team ‘possesses remarkable acumen’ and ‘remarkable knowledge of the oil and gas sector’, and regularly advises the likes of ExxonMobil, National Oilwell Varco and Total. Highlights from 2015 included advising POLITICO in its joint venture with Axel Springer to acquire website and weekly newspaper European Voice and conference business Development Institute International; leading the tax advice was head of US tax John Allender. William Bowers represented VHA as it acquired the total assets of University HealthSystem Consortium. Robert Phillpott led the tax advice to Tesoro Logistics on its merger agreement with QEP Midstream Partners. Other prominent tax attorneys in the practice are Los Angeles-based Richard Kornblith, and Joy Ellis in Dallas.

Leading lawyers

William Bowers - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

[back to top]

Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s Houston team is particularly active in international arbitration, with strong expertise in the energy, construction and natural resources sectors. Key contacts Mark Baker, Kevin O’Gorman and foreign legal consultant Lucy Greenwood, who is UK-qualified, continue to act for Vicinay Cadenas in the defence of a $500m product liability claim brought by Petrobras, based on alleged defects in a tether chain manufactured by Vicinay. The firm’s offices in Caracas and Bogota give it further clout in the region. Alstom, Exterran and Nejapa Power Company are also clients.

[back to top]

Further information on Norton Rose Fulbright

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Norton Rose Fulbright in other jurisdictions.

United Arab Emirates

Offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi


Offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane


Offices in Brussels


Offices in Manama


Offices in Beijing and Shanghai


Offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary


Offices in Bogota


Offices in Munich, Frankfurt, and Hamburg



Offices in Paris



Offices in Athens and Piraeus

Hong Kong

Offices in Hong Kong


Latin America: International firms



Offices in Milan


Offices in Tokyo


Offices in Almaty


Offices in London



Offices in Casablanca


Offices in Amsterdam


Offices in Warsaw

Asia Pacific: Regional international arbitration


Offices in Moscow

South Africa

Offices in Cape Town, Sandton, Durban, and Johannesburg


Offices in Singapore

South Korea

Saudi Arabia

Offices in Riyadh


Offices in Bangkok



Offices in Dar es Salaam

United States

Offices in Washington DC, San Antonio, New York, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Denver, St Louis, Canonsburg, and San Francisco


Offices in Caracas

Legal Developments by:
Norton Rose Fulbright

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to