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Norton Rose Fulbright raids Sidley for 17-lawyer practice group and opens new San Francisco office

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Megafirm Norton Rose Fulbright announced Thursday that it has hired Sidley Austin’s entire public finance practice group.

The group includes six partners, and seven of the lawyers will establish a new San Francisco office for Norton Rose Fulbright—the 3,800-attorney megafirm’s 12th in the U.S. and 53rd worldwide, according to the Recorder (sub. req.) and a law firm news release.

“We saw the opportunity to complement and grow the practice by merging with a firm that was geographically more dispersed in areas we just were not in,” partner Eric Tashman, who formerly headed Sidley’s public finance practice on the West Coast, told the legal publication.

He said Norton Rose Fulbright had originally sought to recruit one of Sidley’s partners in New York several times in recent years, then the discussion changed over the past few months to include the possibility of recruiting a larger group.

The lawyers exiting for Norton Rose Fulbright work in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C.

“We have wanted to expand our firm’s West Coast presence for some time, and San Francisco is the ideal location for our strategic growth,” said Linda Addison, who is Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. managing partner, in the release. “These accomplished partners give us a solid foundation in San Francisco, as they possess strong connections to the city’s business leaders.”

Sidley’s management committee chair, Larry Barden, wished the group well in a written statement provided to Texas Lawyer (sub. req.).

“The public finance team is a group of excellent lawyers and great colleagues,” he wrote. “We are happy they have joined a firm where their practice can continue to grow.”

A Norton Rose Fulbright web page and a Legal Week (sub. req.) article discuss the history of the megafirm, which dates back nearly 100 years in the U.S., and to the late 1700s in the United Kingdom.

Bloomberg’s Big Law Business blog, the Bond Buyer and the Lawyer (reg. req.) also have stories about the exiting Sidley group.

See also:

ABA Journal: “The Rise of the Megafirm”

References to Norton Rose Fulbright updated June 6.

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