All corporate law firms struggle with racial and gender diversity, but Norton Rose Fulbright appears to have figured out the formula for inclusion among its highest ranks. Four of its U.S. management committee are women – three are women of color. The firm’s new global chair is an African American woman. Six of the 11 associates promoted to partner this week are ethnic minorities or women. The data begs the question: How did a century old global law firm achieve so much diversity in its leadership ranks?
The Dallas Business Journal recently spoke with Mike Taten, managing partner of Jackson Walker’s Dallas office, about navigating the varied challenges of 2020 and his projections for the new year.
Workplace design trends in the legal industry identified prior to the pandemic will continue accelerating and in a more impactful way than ever before, according to the findings of a new survey by global architecture and design firm Gensler. Kenneth Wiesehuegel, studio director in Gensler’s Houston office and regional leader for professional service firms, shares specifics with The Lawbook.
The Houston-based litigation powerhouse Susman Godfrey announced Monday that it paid six-digit bonuses to its associates, promoted six lawyers to partner – including four women – and significantly increased the amount of money the firm is giving to charities that focus on racial justice. Despite the great financial year, 2020 was still ‘heartbreaking’ for the four-decade old firm.
The firm opened its fifth office in the U.S. with three attorneys from Thompson Coe.
Updated – Shauna Clark – From a Segregated Prom to First African American Woman to Chair of a Global Law Firm
Shauna Clark, a Houston mother of four who represents some of the largest corporations in the world, will become the highest ranking African American woman to ever lead or co-lead a global corporate law firm. Norton Rose Fulbright, which has about 3,200 lawyers in 52 cities around the world including 400 lawyers in Texas, announced Thursday that Clark will be the next chair of its supervisory committees overseeing for the firm’s global and U.S. operations, which is essentially the second highest ranking post within law firm partnerships.
This article has been updated with a clarification about Clark’s new role.
Baker Botts partner Bill Kroger, Blank Rome partner Susan Bickley and Vinson & Elkins partner Chris Popov called colleagues and clients, law firm leaders and neighbors. Because the annual Harvest Celebration was cancelled due to the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of dollars in support for legal aid in Houston were in jeopardy. Kroger and other Houston Bar leaders took action. The results: A truly Happy Thanksgiving.
Today 33 lawyers in Dallas are delivering Thanksgiving dinners to 34 families in need. It has become a tradition and important cause for Dallas trial lawyer Michael Hurst, who started the effort 17 years ago.
The firms announced Tuesday that their two shops are merging to create a 10-lawyer plaintiff’s practice that will have offices in Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth.
A letter from a Sears, Roebuck & Co. manager to the U.S. Border Patrol in 1955 was a life changer for Porter Hedges partner Ephraim del Pozo’s family. The former president of the the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston shares the story with The Lawbook.
This story is part of a special series for Hispanic Heritage Month and is published outside of our paywall courtesy of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.