Norton Rose Fulbright opens Chicago office with momentum


Chicago, April 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Norton Rose Fulbright today announced that the global law firm is expanding to Chicago as 12and Location in the United States and 53rd office worldwide. Norton Rose Fulbright will be the first major law firm to locate in Chicago’s bustling Fulton Market neighborhood. The new office will be a modern and progressive workspace focused on collaboration and innovation.

Norton Rose Fulbright opens its Chicago office with 11 attorneys, including partners Andrew Cripe, Daniel Farris, Sameer Ghaznavi, Christopher Hines and Joe McClendon. These five partners are joined by senior counsel Mary Kathryn Curry, senior partner Francesca Cardillo, partners Erica Cook, Alex Katsulis, Nidhi Narielwala and Meghan Tierney as well as paralegals Janet Ross and Alyson Schmidt-Iverson.

Focused on technology transactions, intellectual property, privacy and data security, the group of Farris, Hines, McClendon, Cardillo, Cook, Katsulis, Narielwala, Tierney, Ross and Schmidt-Iverson joins K&L Gates. A spin-off from DLA Piper, Ghaznavi joins the firm’s cutting-edge projects practice. Cripe and Curry come from Polsinelli with decades of employment and labor law experience.

Jeff Cody, US Managing Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright, said:

“Opening in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest legal market, is a natural progression of our strategic growth plan in the United States and beyond. We are starting with a highly regarded and diverse team of attorneys anchored by Daniel, Christopher, Joe, Sameer, Andy and Mary Kathryn, giving us a strong foundation as we continue to recruit top talent. Our Chicago office is part of our growth in the Midwest and will act as a hub of innovation, serving clients focused on the evolution of modern businesses who will benefit from our sophisticated advice and unrivaled global platform.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s entry into Chicago follows the growth of its Minneapolis office last week. This previous Midwest expansion was staffed by 11 attorneys, including four partners, joining the firm’s commercial litigation and product, pharmaceutical, medical and mass liability teams at Blackwell Burke PA, a law firm specializing in lawsuits. based in Minneapolis.

The addition of an office in Chicago will allow Norton Rose Fulbright to even more effectively serve Midwest customers across a range of industries as well as other national and global customers who are active in the region. But the value of the Chicago office goes beyond geographic considerations. Chicago is a remarkable market for the kind of top talent that clients are looking for in the United States and around the world.

Gina Shishima, Chief Strategy and Operations Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright, said:

“Chicago is a hotspot for innovation, and we look forward to serving the city’s thriving business community through a host of practices in transformative industries. The Fulton Market District is a symbol of transformation in Chicago, and making this booming tech environment our home is our way of building a diverse and differentiated presence in the city that we hope will inspire and refresh customers and side candidates.

Norton Rose Fulbright, which won “Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion” at last month’s Legalweek Leaders in Tech Law Awards, is focused on attracting diverse lawyers who are practice leaders and of the sector. Of the five new partners, Ghaznavi, Hines and McClendon are people of color. Overall, 11 of the company’s 16 U.S. side partners in 2022 are of different race or gender. In 2020 and 2021, more than 40% of added U.S. side partners were diverse.

Expand the company’s technology transactions, intellectual property and data security offerings

Farris advises technology and technology companies on transactional, privacy and compliance issues, including software as a service, data center operations, fiber optic networks, cloud computing, information governance , emerging technologies and data security. His traditional IP experience includes inbound/outbound licensing, trademark litigation, brand extension and digital rights management.

Farris, who chaired K&L Gates’ Technology Transactions and Data Protection Practice Group and was named to the “Fastcase 50” list of legal innovators, said:

“One of the first things that attracted us to Norton Rose Fulbright was the company’s willingness – and eagerness – to venture out and do something new. Our clients are disruptors by nature and energized by digital and business transformation. They want their lawyers to have the same orientation. It’s refreshing to find a company willing to embrace new technologies, new models to enhance the customer experience, and even a modern, progressive space in Chicago’s most dynamic and growing economic corridor.

Hines advises high technology companies on the development of intellectual property assets, focusing on the acquisition and management of patent portfolios in a variety of industries. He also advises new businesses on intellectual property legal issues that emerge in the early stages of growth, helping them develop practices to achieve meaningful global strategies.

Hines, who was named an “influential minority advocate” by Crain’s company in Chicagocontinued:

“Not only is Norton Rose Fulbright investing in Chicago’s innovation heartland by planting its flag in the Fulton Market District, the company also has a proven track record of investing in non-traditional, technology-enabled legal services. It’s exciting to be part of the company’s ongoing strategic evolution. This, combined with the company’s vast global footprint, made it clear that Norton Rose Fulbright was where we needed to be.

McClendon advises clients on a variety of technology transactions and on data privacy and security matters. He is a former IT professional in the higher education and software industries, having spent a decade managing enterprise solutions and technology initiatives.

McClendon, who is an international privacy professional certified by Microsoft and CompTIA, commented:

“Our group represents local and national businesses with increasing legal needs around the world, which makes Norton Rose Fulbright, together with its global client, an ideal solution and an attractive destination. The company’s strength in privacy, cybersecurity and data security has also made it a natural partner for our team. »

Cardillo, Cook, Katsulis, Narielwala, Tierney, Ross and Schmidt-Iverson provide valuable support and depth to the company’s extensive capabilities in technology transactions, intellectual property, and data privacy and security.

Develop project practice

Ghaznavi represents private and public companies, developers, utilities and sponsors in connection with the development, strategic acquisition and sale of energy and infrastructure projects in North America. The Legal 500 United States named Ghaznavi a “Rising Energy Star: Renewable/Alternative Energy” and The National Law Review recognized him as a “pioneer in energy and environmental law”.

Ghaznavi, who chaired DLA Piper’s diversity and inclusion committee in Chicago, said:

“Norton Rose Fulbright is a global leader in project finance and renewable energy, setting the standard in both first-to-market deals and deal volume. I’m excited to help the company expand its project footprint in Chicago, home to some of the nation’s largest renewable energy developers. »

Reinforcement of employment and work capacities

Cripe helps global employers address business transformation issues, internal investigations, and the development of enterprise-wide risk management and compliance programs and audits. He supports workforce management and advises on a wide range of employment issues.

Cripe, who led employment counseling and labor practice at Polsinelli, said:

“Norton Rose Fulbright has unparalleled reach with impressive resources in the United States and around the world, which will greatly benefit customers whose businesses are experiencing rapid expansion and transformation. Mary Kathryn and I look forward to growing the employment and work practice in Chicago and collaborating with colleagues around the world. »

Curry advises employers on labor and employment matters. She integrates with her clients’ businesses, ensuring they have workforce planning, outsourcing and diversity and inclusion programs, workplace policies and materials in place. up-to-date training. Curry also assists with corporate compliance and investigations.

All 11 attorneys are licensed to practice in Illinois, with additional licenses for Ghaznavi and Cook in New York, Hines in Missouri and McClendon in Kansas.

For more information, please contact:

Dan McKenna, US Director and Global Head of PR and Communications

Tel: +1 713 651 3576

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Notes for editors:

Norton Rose Fulbright

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright provides the world’s largest corporations and financial institutions with comprehensive business law services. With over 4,000 attorneys and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East, Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in over from 50 cities around the world, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg.

Norton Rose Fulbright is recognized for its industrial focus in all key sectors: financial institutions; energy, infrastructure and resources; transportation; Technology; life sciences and health care; and consumer markets. Through its Global Risk Advisory Group, the firm leverages its industry experience and knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide clients with practical risk solutions. legal and regulatory issues facing their activities.

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