Norton Rose Fulbright hires attorneys who mesh with its kind, social culture. New leadership has made some recent, well-received changes, including expanded diversity and wellness initiatives, a new training platform, and heightened transparency. 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.&...

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

3.5K - 4K


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

68 total (49 2Ls; 19 1Ls)


Base Salary

California; New York; Texas; Washington, DC:1st year:...

Vault Verdict

Norton Rose Fulbright seeks top law students and puts stock in prior work experience and a friendly personality. The level of socializing varies between offices, but the common thread is true congeniality. Partners and associates have strong, respectful working relationships. Firm leadership has taken steps to be more transparent, such as by hosting monthly calls, and associates agree they’ve felt more looped in recently. Overall, associates feel the billable-hours requirement is reasonable, and though it can get busy at times, the firm attempts to distribute work evenly and provides flexibility in when and where it gets done. Compensation is market; in addition to annual bonuses based on billable-hours, the firm has implemented a monthly bonus system for those who don’t meet the ...

About the Firm


With more than 800 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, and 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 10 largest firms in the world by 2012.

Meanwhile in the United States, R.C. Fulbright founded a firm in Houston...

Associate Reviews

  • “The firm has a fantastic culture. Lawyers frequently socialize together, whether at things like informal lunches or firm-sponsored events. The firm makes a point to hire people that others will enjoy working with, and the day-to-day atmosphere is very collegial and pleasant.”
  • “Like any large firm, the culture varies slightly based on the geographical location of a particular office, but the culture at my office is very positive. I genuinely enjoy and respect the people I work with every day—they are some of the smartest and most interesting people I know. I truly couldn't imagine a better group of people.”
  • “Collegial, professional, respectful. Colleagues in our office do not socialize much after hours, but we enjoy working together and hold each other in high regard.”
  • “Prior to the pandemic, lawyers in the office got together on a weekly basis. The firm offered ‘all-attorney lunch’ every Thursday, which encouraged attorneys from all levels to eat lunch together and mingle with people outside their groups to discuss topics other than work. We also have an entertainment committee that planned monthly happy hours and social events for the office. …”

Why Work Here

Diversity at Norton Rose Fulbright

"Diversity Program Highlights Norton Rose Fulbright believes that actions speak louder than words. We continuously strive to make a difference to help shape the future in a way that provides economic and social benefits to all. Across our 50 plus offices around the world, our differences are what make us stronger in creating an inclusive environment where everyone can bring their whole self to work and realize their career potential. Working together with over 50 partnerships, we are committed to advancing diversity at the Firm..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “We want someone who will not only do good work but also be a good teammate, friend, and firm citizen.”
  • “Our firm looks for strong candidates with great grades from top-tier law schools and great prior work experience. …”
  • “I think our firm is more focused on maturity, kindness, previous work experience, and clear intelligence rather than what law school you attended or law school grades. The DC/NY offices hire a lot of Georgetown, GW, and Duke grads.”

Practice Area Q&A’s

Deanne Barrow

Senior Associate

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Amanda Rosenberg & Christine Brozynski

Partner & Senior Associate

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Jorge Gutierrez


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Julie Mayo


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Perks & Benefits