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Leon Jaworski's name is the first to go as his firm grows


Photo of Col. Leon Jaworski by Associated Press.

Leon Jaworski is one of the most powerful names in the history of American law. For four decades, the former ABA president’s name has been half of one of the most recognizable legal brands in the industry: Fulbright & Jaworski.

In June, Jaworski’s name will vanish from the doors of the Houston-based law firm as it combines (don’t call it a merger) with London-based Norton Rose. The new firm will officially be known as Norton Rose Fulbright and will boast 3,800 lawyers with an estimated $2 billion in revenues.

“I don’t know who the hell Norton and Rose are, but they didn’t prosecute war criminals at Nuremberg or prosecute the president’s men in Watergate,” says one unhappy Fulbright lawyer. Fulbright chairman Ken Stewart of Dallas, who will lead U.S. operations for the new firm, says Jaworski’s legacy will live on—just not in name. “Col. Jaworski is a part of the fabric of this law firm and that will never go away,” says Stewart. “But our brand in the U.S. has been just Fulbright for a few years.”

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