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About us: Community leadership in the US

Committed to community

We have been a leader in giving back to the communities where our lawyers live and work. This unwavering commitment to community development is engrained in our culture, whether in one of our US locations or our offices abroad.

From the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to Habitat for Humanity, from the American Cancer Society to the Anti-Defamation League, we demonstrate our community commitment through our presence in a number of charitable organizations.

The arts

Both in our domestic locations and abroad, we provide sponsorship and leadership for virtually every aspect of the arts, including the Houston Grand Opera, the San Antonio Children's Museum, Dallas Summer Musicals and Ballet Austin, as well as for exhibitions, student art programs and public television.

The less fortunate

From participating in area food pantry and clothing drives to beach clean-up projects and March of Dimes March of Dimes walkathons, getting involved and making a difference is at the core of our foundation. Our lawyers and staff not only volunteer countless hours, but also donate funds to organizations that provide services to those in need, such as the American Red Cross, UNICEF, AIDS Walk Washington, Special Olympics-New York and the United Way.

We responded to the 9-11 WTC tragedy, 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2011 Japan tsunami and other natural disasters around the world by making a substantial gift to a foundation we created to provide victim assistance funds. Additionally, our lawyers have provided legal assistance on a pro bono basis to victims of these disasters.

Community development

Park programs and chambers of commerce. Economic development and historical preservation projects. Business education and entrepreneurship support. These are just some of the key areas to which we contribute in order to promote community development. Our lawyers support nonprofits, such as Avenue CDC, which develop affordable housing for first time home owners and preserve historic buildings. We have also been an active supporter of the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League for many years.


Through adopt-a-school and mentoring programs, we reach out to students of all ages. We participate in Communities in Schools, a program in which high school students intern at Norton Rose Fulbright. We are also a sponsor of Junior Achievement, the Council of Mexican American Administrators and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.


We have been integrally involved with one of the largest medical complexes in the world, the Texas Medical Center in Houston, since its founding in 1934. In fact, streets in the Medical Center are names for two of our founding lawyers, Col. W.B. Bates and John Freeman. For a number of years, our lawyers have provided legal representation and served on the boards of some of the most prestigious health care institutions in the country.


Our tradition of providing bar and civic leadership goes back to our founding lawyers. Our lawyers have served as presidents of bar associations at local, state and national levels—a record of leadership that few have been able to achieve. In addition, our lawyers have a a legacy of serving as officers and board members of nonprofit hospitals, charitable foundations and university boards.

Pro bono

Crucial to a community's infrastructure is equal access for all its citizens to the justice system. We have been a leader in providing pro bono legal services by working with organizations such as the Legal Aid Society of New York, Bexar County Legal Aid, the DC Bar Pro Bono Program, the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles. The time spent on pro bono matters each year by our lawyers equals tens of thousands of hours.