Norton Rose Fulbright re-jigs US management team with litigation head Addison promoted

Norton Rose Fulbright has formally elected Linda Addison as its new US managing partner, replacing Kenneth Stewart who took a leave of absence in December 2013 for medical reasons.

Addison, who formerly held the post of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global head of dispute resolution and litigation, has been serving as the interim managing partner since the end of last year. She will remain as chair of the firm’s US management committee and continue to serve on its global executive committee, splitting her time between the firm’s New York and Houston offices. 

The partner became disputes and litigation head of the firm following the merger between legacy Norton Rose and legacy Fulbright in 2013. She took over the role from City-based Deirdre Walker, who had led Norton Rose’s global disputes team since 2009 (28 May 2013).

The firm’s former US managing partner Stewart recently returned to the firm on a full-time basis following his absence due to cardiovascular issues. On his return, he was handed the newly established position of non-executive US chair.

Meanwhile, Houston-based Gerry Pecht will step into Addison’s shoes to head up the global firm’s disputes practice. Pecht already sits on Norton Rose Fulbright’s global executive committee and US management committee, and previously held the mantle of US head of securities litigation, investigations and SEC enforcement. 

The management reshuffle mirrors the leadership changes at Herbert Smith Freehills over the past six months. In December, the firm’s global head of disputes Sonya Leydecker was promoted to co-CEO alongside former legacy Freehills managing partner Mark Rigotti (19 December 2013). 

Just last week HSF named London-based partner Philip Carrington as its EMEA disputes chief, while Isabelle Michou stepped up to lead the firm’s disputes practice in Paris (5 June 2014).