Attilio Pavone

Head of Italy
Norton Rose Fulbright Studio Legale

Attilio Pavone

Attilio Pavone



Attilio Pavone is an employment lawyer based in Milan. He advises clients on all aspects of employment and labour law, including: corporate restructuring; transfers of business; mass redundancies; individual dismissals; employment contracts; HR regulations and policies; and commercial agency law. He is also an experienced employment and commercial agency litigator and qualified to appear before the Italian Supreme Court in 2013.

Attilio’s work includes, for example, assisting a US company with employment and labour issues relating to the closure of its Italian plant. This included managing a mass redundancies procedure and successfully negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with the worker unions, reducing the risk of possible lawsuits by former employees.

Attilio’s client base spans a wide range of sectors. He has a keen knowledge of the following industries: financial services (consumer credit); energy (liquefied petroleum gases); and life sciences (cosmetics).

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Professional experience

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  • Law Degree, Catholic University of Milan, 1995
  • Avvocato, qualified in Italy
  • Recommended in Who's Who 2021 for Employment, labour and benefits

  • Recognized in Labor and Employment Law. Best Lawyers, 2022
  • Ranked in Employment (Italy). Testimonials: 'Attilio Pavone has extensive knowledge of several sectors and demonstrates speed and completeness of support'. Legal 500 EMEA, 2021
  • Ranked in Employment (Italy). Clients value Attilio Pavone 's "valuable inputs, commercial mindset and ability to provide legally sound solutions." He manages an array of employment mandates, such as transfers of personnel and negotiations of settlement agreements with top managers. Chambers Europe, 2021
  • Ranked as 'Selected Lawyer' for Employment litigation. Milano Finanza Legal Awards, 2021
  • Ranked in Employment (Italy). Particularly active for consumer credit firms and financial services clients. Client testimonial: "Very high competence in labour legislation cases, in particular, he knows in detail specific sectors and peculiarities, which makes it easy to deal with complicated matters in a very effective and efficient way". Legal 500 EMEA, 2020
  • Ranked in Employment (Italy). Clients highlight practice head Attilio Pavone of Norton Rose Fulbright for being "very business-minded and competent." He acts on both contentious and non-contentious matters including advising on all employment aspects of M&A transactions. Chambers Europe, 2020
  • Acritas Star Lawyer 2017- 2021

  • Ranked in Employment (Italy). Clients commented on Attilio's "strong communication and knowledge-sharing skills." Chambers Europe, 2019
  • Ranked in Employment. TopLegal Labour Report, 2019 
  • Listed among the top 100 lawyers in Italy. Forbes Italy, 2019
  • Ranked in Employment. Client comments included: "Good work, he brings plenty of experience to the table"; "Proactive, always available and extremely accurate";  and, "He is very focused on the case but with the capacity to have an overview on the different topics in order to find the best solutions". Legalcommunity Labour Report - The best in Italy, 2018
  • Recommended for Employment and Labour Law. Who's Who Legal, 2016-2020
  • Agency Contract Lawyer of the Year. Legalcommunity Labour Awards, 2017
  • Listed among the top 50 lawyers in Italy. Legalcommunity and GQ Magazine, 2017
  • Ranked in Employment. Clients comments included: "Attilio Pavone is the best lawyer I know" […] "His work is excellent. He knows our business and his professional, clear, transparent and approachable; these are his strengths". Legalcommunity Labour Report - The Best in Italy, 2017 and 2016

Attilio is the author of numerous articles and publications on employment law and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on employment law.

  • Guest speaker discussing Italy's new Jobs Act, Confindustria, 2016
  • The Italian Employment Lawyers Association (AGI)
  • European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Action Institute
  • English
  • Italian