Lateral Look: Norton Rose Fulbright

Global megafirm NRF has a Stateside stronghold in Texas and a superb reputation in projects, energy, and litigious work especially.

Norton Rose Fulbright Lateral Profile 2023

A lot of firms pitch themselves as global these days, but few can point to a lineage that contains a merged combo of mega UK, US, Canadian, South African and Australian firms – but NRF can. 

With 12 domestic offices across the US, NRF’s reputation extends beyond its Southern origins. An examination of the firm’s Chambers USA accolades reveals nationwide strengths in areas like projectsbankruptcy and restructuringtransportation, and oil and gas litigation. The firm’s strongest collection of Chambers USA rankings can still be found for its work in Texas, where practices like commercial litigationcorporate/M&AhealthcareIPlabor and employment, and antitrust stand out. 

View the firm’s Chambers USA rankings

Read the firm’s Inside View feature on junior associate life

Why did you join your firm? Associates say…

“Resected reputation, large size, opportunity to grow my practice with the firm, and highly knowledgeable experts in my practice area.”

“Interest in the work the firm was doing, desire for a firm with a global footprint, good impressions of the people who worked at the firm and the firm working culture.”

“Sophistication of the work and ability to work with excellent attorneys at all levels: partner, counsel, and associate.”


 Career Development & the Path to Partnership



1 : 1


partners made in 2022

associate : partner gearing

of associates intend to make partner




felt partnership was achievable for attorneys with children felt partnership was achievable at the firm agreed partners
are nurturing
future leaders


The view from the firm: The firm has a robust mentorship and sponsorship program for non-partner lawyers. Currently sponsorship programs are aimed at sponsoring development for individuals as they work towards partnership. The Legal Talent Management team has a keen focus on setting up lateral hires for success through a targeted 6 month integration process. In addition to these opportunities, the Talent Development team also provides regular trainings through master classes and acclaimed international academies, designed to bring non-partner lawyers together and foster development within their level and classification.

 Hours & Compensation





billable hours

average number of vacation days associates took in one year

average number of hours associates worked in one week




agreed they had a good work-life balance

said the benefits package makes the workload worthwhile

found the bonus allocation fair and transparent


First-year Salaries

Minneapolis; St. Louis: $180,000

Other US offices: $215,000

*The firm does not disclose salaries beyond this point.


The view from the firm: Associate compensation in all US offices is reviewed annually and comprised of three facets – base compensation, productivity bonus and discretionary bonus. Base compensation is lockstep and based on the market in each region. Up to 50 hours of credited non-billable time, inclusive of pro bono, counts toward productivity bonus thresholds. For associates in their first year of practice, the firm credits reasonable and appropriate hours spent on shadowing opportunities towards the client-chargeable hours expectation up to a maximum of 50 hours. Discretionary bonus awards are focused on exceptional contributions, particularly in the areas of matter origination and strong client billable hours. Non-partner lawyers remain eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to any productivity bonus.

The firm also offers a Vacation Incentive Program. This program provides time, space and funds towards taking time away from the firm. The firm offers a vacation award to all non-partner lawyers who record exceptional client billable hours or more in a consecutive three month period within a calendar year. Along with the award, the Legal Talent Management team will support the lawyer taking leave to ensure there is appropriate coverage while they are away.

 Is Norton Rose Fulbright the right firm for you?




were happy in their current role

     agreed the work is interesting

We asked survey respondents what stands out about the firm’s culture?

“The partners at the firm are remarkably approachable and willing to help.”

“Available mentors; kids were permitted at work if needed and wasn’t a negative; pro bono focus.”

“Family friendly, "lifers" (partners who had spent their whole career at the firm).”


 Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing





reported strong performance in inclusivity training

of partners are women

of associates identify as ethnically diverse


The view from the firm: Minority Equity Council supports all racially/ethnically diverse personnel at the firm. Together with the Racial Equity Council (formed in 2020), The "MEC" plays a key role in indenfying improvements the firm can make in recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse lawyers and business services personnel.     


 Pro Bono




average pro bono
per US attorney    

    agreed the firm is committed to pro bono


Pro bono highlights: Immigration work; wills and life planning clinics; nonprofit and small business support; voting rights



Learn more about opportunities at the firm

Recruitment contact: Alice Bolander, Senior Manager, Lateral Recruiting

Leslie Rice, Director, Partner Recruiting