Norton Rose Fulbright has elected Jeff Cody from its Dallas office as its new U.S. managing partner, effective at the start of 2020.
He succeeds Daryl Lansdale, who oversaw the global firm’s 2017 combination with Chadbourne & Parke as well as growth in other regions. Cody also will replace Lansdale as chair of the firm’s U.S. management committee.
Cody, the firm’s chief administrative partner for the U.S., will in his new role lead operations and strategy in the U.S. as well as in offices in Sao Paulo and Mexico City.
He’s “not closing any doors” on expanding in the areas of corporate transactions, disputes or litigation. Cody added that he had no numerical goals to add to the 820 lawyers in the firm’s U.S. offices.
“Overall we want to look at all the business practices plus litigation and intellectual property,” said Cody, who’ll maintain offices in Dallas, New York and Washington.
Elected to a four-year term, Cody said the firm will be looking for opportunities in New York, Washington, California and Houston.
“We have offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and we hope to build those out, more in the technology sector, but also including other practices,” he said.
Cody plans to continue his trial practice, which is concentrated in the healthcare sector, on a limited basis. He’s been a partner at the firm since 2001, and has represented clients in complex commercial disputes in the healthcare, financial and information technology industries.
Lansdale, who is returning to practice full-time, said the firm “well positioned to optimize our U.S. legal talent and the firm’s global platform, especially after bolstering our coast-to-coast client offerings these past few years.”
Norton Rose Fulbright has more than 4,000 lawyers and legal staff in 55 locations worldwide.