Chadbourne & Parke

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Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Chadbourne & Parke
Headquarters 1301 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, New York
No. of offices 12
No. of attorneys 400+
Major practice areas General practice, Project Finance, Insurance & Reinsurance, Products Liability, Latin America
Key people Andrew Giaccia (Managing Partner)
Revenue $286 million (2008)
Date founded 1902
Company type Limited liability partnership

Chadbourne & Parke LLP, founded in 1902 by Thomas L. Chadbourne, currently has some 400 lawyers and tax advisors in 12 offices in ten countries. Chadbourne is probably best known for its global practice in project finance and energy, international insurance and reinsurance practice, multi-jurisdictional litigation in courts from Rhode Island to Russia, and corporate transactions.

February 21, 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke agreed to merge into a combined firm known as Norton Rose Fulbright, with about 4,000 lawyers and annual revenue around $2 billion.[1]


In addition to its United States work, the firm has established substantial practices in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and Latin America.

In 2014, the firm moved to its home at 1301 Avenue of the Americas. Prior to 2014, the firm had been located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where it occupied eight floors. The firm moved to Rockefeller Plaza from its original Wall Street home in 1973 in order to become more accessible to its national and international clients. An even earlier “move” occurred in 1935 when it formed one of the first branch offices of a New York law firm in Washington, DC. Beginning in 1990 in Moscow, Chadbourne established offices in England, Poland, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, receiving a significant boost in its Eastern Europe network from the dissolving firms Altheimer & Gray and Coudert Brothers. In March 2008, the firm acquired the Mexico City office of the New York firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood as well as an associated team of lawyers in New York focusing on Latin America-related arbitration and transactions.Its newest offices opened in São Paulo, Brazil and Istanbul, Turkey respectively. The firm also has a small satellite office in China.

Chadbourne has numbered among its individual clients Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, James Joyce and the Wright brothers. In 1924, Tom Chadbourne orchestrated the consolidation of New York City’s subway system. The firm’s success in two landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court in the 1980s created the legal framework for development of the cogeneration and independent power production industries. In its successful representation of French and U.S. clients in the De Lorean sports car fiasco in Northern Ireland, the disclosure of Cabinet minutes was compelled for the first time in British history. The first ever approval for entry of a foreign law firm in India was obtained for Chadbourne and Parke.[2]


Main areas of practice include arbitration, antitrust, commercial and products liability litigation, corporate finance, employment law and ERISA, energy/renewable energy, insolvency/financial restructuring, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, private funds, project finance, real estate, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, special investigations and litigation, trusts and estates and government contract matters and US and international tax.

In 2012, Chadbourne acted as counsel on the winning and runner-up deals of Power Finance and Risk Magazine's "Renewables Deal of the Year" Awards. Chadbourne’s project finance practice is consistently ranked in the top tier by legal guides such as Chambers Global - The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.[citation needed] The firm’s primary projects focus is on energy, telecommunications and toll roads.

The firm's insolvency and financial restructuring group has an impressive[citation needed] record of achieving successful outcomes for its clients in Chapter 11 cases and corporate restructurings both in the United States and abroad.[citation needed] Chadbourne plays leading roles in mega-cases such as Tribune Company, ASARCO, Technical Olympic USA (TOUSA), VeraSun Energy, Lehman and AbitibiBowater.[citation needed]

Chadbourne is among the premier international law firms serving the Latin America region.[citation needed] Demonstrating breadth and depth in corporate, project finance, insurance and disputes related matters in the region[citation needed], the firm's multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional Latin America practice was ranked across the board by legal guides Chambers Latin America - The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Legal 500 Latin America.[citation needed]

The firm’s European offices are predominantly staffed by nationals of those countries who provide legal services and advice on local law and foreign direct investment. Chambers Europe - The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2012) ranked 15 attorneys from Chadbourne’s Russian, Central Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) offices as leaders in their field, including partners in the Moscow, Warsaw and Kyiv offices.[citation needed]

In February 2008, Chadbourne formed a climate change practice, led by Gov. Pataki and Mr. John Cahill. The practice draws on the experience of Chadbourne’s transactional, insurance, regulatory, energy, environmental, litigation and public policy attorneys, and includes expertise in market-based carbon cap and trade programs.[citation needed] This was closely followed by the launch, in April 2008, of a firm-wide "Green Initiative." to implement more environmentally-sustainable practices in the firm's daily practices. This implemented sustainable work-place practices that enabled the firm to reduce its carbon footprint and make a significant positive impact on the environment.

In April 2008, Chadbourne formed a nanotechnologies practice, drawing on the firm's existing practices in energy, insurance, private equity, intellectual property, litigation and products liability.

Notable mandates[edit]

  • Represented the lenders in connection with the $6 billion Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC Project in Cameron Parish, La. This will be the world's first LNG terminal able to import and gasify LNG and Liquefy and export natural gas.[citation needed]

PepsiCo in its acquisition of JSC Lebedyansky, a Russian juice manufacturer.[citation needed]

Notable attorneys[edit]

  • Abbe Lowell, Chief Minority Counsel to Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives during the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
  • Ed Muskie, Secretary of State and a Vice Presidential candidate in 1968, was for many years senior partner of the Washington office.
  • George Bundy Smith joined Chadbourne in December 2006, as a partner in the litigation practice in New York, after retiring as an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals (the highest court in New York state).
  • George Pataki, New York Governor
  • Julissa Reynoso, former United States Ambassador to Uruguay
  • George A. Spater, American Airlines chairman who earlier advised airlines for the firm from the 1930s through the 1960s
  • John Cahill, Pataki's chief of staff
  • Eddie Huang, American restaurateur, chef, writer, and TV personality


  1. ^ Olson, Elizabeth (February 21, 2017). "Norton Rose and Chadbourne to Combine in Latest Merger of Large Law Firms". Wall Street Journal. New York City. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ "In Conversation: Anand Bhushan, General Counsel (APAC), Cognizant Technology Solutions". Bar and Bench. Archived from the original on 2014-05-15. 

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