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Linda Addison is Managing Partner of the United States and Chair of the US Management Committee of the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. She was recently named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” by Crain’s New York Business. Described “as one of the nation’s smartest, most respected litigators,” “equally skilled at keeping CEOs out of the courtroom as representing them once there” (Lawdragon), she was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America“ and one of only 17 women among the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” both by the National Law Journal. The American Bar Association awarded her its prestigious Margaret Brent Award, which recognizes women lawyers who have excelled in their field and paved the way to success for other women. She is a Trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation, and serves on the board of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Foundation and the Advisory Board of Northern Trust Bank.
Ms. Addison advises CEOs, corporate boards and general counsel on matters involving risk assessment, litigation avoidance and resolution, corporate governance and ethics. She is also an advisor and strategist regarding crisis-management and media relations for publicly traded companies confronted with allegations of reputation-threatening conduct, both before and after litigation is filed, and has experience retaining and working with media consultants. Her expertise in early evaluation of corporate risk and exposure comes from more than three decades of experience trying cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels. She has tried more than 50 cases to judgment as lead counsel. A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Linda has tried cases involving breach of contract, business torts, partnership and joint venture disputes, international disputes, securities, common law and statutory fraud, banking disputes, bankruptcy, debtor/creditor disputes, trade secrets and patent and trademark infringement. Her clients include General Electric Company, Mars, Incorporated, The Northern Trust Company and General Mills.
She is listed in THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA, WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA, WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN LAW and WHO’S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN, and CHAMBERS USA: AMERICA’S LEADINGLAWYERS FOR BUSINESS. In 2010, she co-chaired the New York State Bar Association Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession.
Ms. Addison is a member of the New York Chapters of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Women Corporate Directors (“WCD”). She is co-Founder and President of the Center for Women in Law. In 2008 she was named Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Texas School of Law.