Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Elects Stewart as New Chair

17 May, 2012

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Elects Stewart as New Chair


May 17, 2012


HOUSTON – The international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. announced today the election of Kenneth L. Stewart as the new Chair of the Executive Committee.  On Jan. 1, 2013, Mr. Stewart will succeed outgoing Chair Steven B. Pfeiffer, who has served in the role since Jan. 1, 2003.


Partner-in-Charge of Fulbright’s Dallas office since 2004, Mr. Stewart will become the seventh Chair in Fulbright’s 93-year history.  The 351 partners of the 851-lawyer firm elected Mr. Stewart to oversee Fulbright’s daily operations and set its strategic vision.


“I am honored that my colleagues have given me the responsibility to lead Fulbright into its promising future,” Mr. Stewart said.  “Our continued global expansion has us well positioned to serve our clients around the world.”


With more than 30 years of legal practice, Mr. Stewart’s experience encompasses almost every aspect of corporate law.  A certified public accountant as well as a seasoned counselor, Mr. Stewart offers his clients solid negotiation skills and a deep understanding of the law as it relates to corporate business transactions.


“Fulbright’s goal has always been to best serve our clients.  As our new Chair, Ken will continue to foster a client-focused culture,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.  “Superior client service was a focal point throughout Ken’s tenure as Partner-in-Charge of the Dallas office.  I am confident that his forward-thinking leadership will take the firm and its clients to new heights.”


A partner at Fulbright since 1987, Mr. Stewart has handled mergers and acquisitions, partnership arrangements, securities transactions, business financings, and general corporate transactions and operations.


Mr. Stewart has worked with clients in several significant transactions, including the representation of a NYSE-listed MLP pipeline company in a $2.7 billion merger with another MLP pipeline company, the special committee of directors of a NASDAQ health care company in connection with a $1.1 billion management buyout and a NYSE-listed specialty steel manufacturer in a $4.2 billion acquisition by merger.


Mr. Stewart presently provides leadership as a member of Fulbright’s Policy Committee and Partners Committee.  He received a B.S.B.A. in accounting from University of Arkansas in 1976 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1979.


Over the past decade, Fulbright has grown to 17 offices worldwide with the opening of six new offices, including further expansion overseas to Beijing, Dubai and Riyadh.  Fulbright’s commitment to its strong base of energy clients prompted the opening of U.S. offices in Denver and Pittsburgh-Southpointe, and the firm’s longtime dedication to health law led to an office in St. Louis.


Several organizations and publications have honored Fulbright for excellence.  Earlier this year Acritas recognized Fulbright as one of the leading U.S. law firm brands.  The “2011-2012 Best Law Firms” rankings by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ranked Fulbright in the top 15 of all law firms reviewed with 27 Tier 1 national rankings and 114 Tier 1 metropolitan rankings.  The 2012 Chambers Global Guide ranked Fulbright as a leading firm in 23 practice areas.  For the 11th consecutive year, Corporate Board Member magazine has named Fulbright among the top 20 corporate law firms in the U.S. after surveying board members of public companies.


Prior to his tenure as Chair of the Executive Committee, Mr. Pfeiffer served as Partner-in-Charge of the Washington, D.C., and London offices and head of Fulbright’s International Department.


Mr. Pfeiffer currently serves as a director of Barloworld Limited, a publicly owned South African company, and Iridium Communications Inc., a publically owned corporation based in Northern Virginia.  He also serves on the boards of The Africa-America Institute in New York; Project HOPE, based in Virginia; the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York and St. Andrews School in Middletown, Delaware.  Mr. Pfeiffer is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Wesleyan University (Connecticut).  Mr. Pfeiffer is a former Chairman of the Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association.


Mr. Pfeiffer received a B.A., cum laude, from Wesleyan University in 1969, a B.A. and M.A. in Jurisprudence at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. in 1976 from Yale University.  Mr. Pfeiffer served on active duty as an officer in the United States Navy and retired from the United States Naval Reserve as a Commander in 1991.

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