When global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced new partners added to its ranks Friday many women, including San Francisco-based Mary Kimura were among those promoted.
Kimura was one of 10 lawyers in U.S., and the only public finance attorney, named to partner.
The firm promoted 25 female lawyers globally, representing 53 percent of the 47 promotions, according to a spokesman. Ten of the 47 promoted are located in the U.S.
“It is an honor to be asked to join the partnership,” Kimura said. “I am excited for the opportunity to elevate my service to existing clients and to help expand Norton Rose Fulbright’s capabilities in healthcare finance and other areas of public finance.”
Norton Rose Fulbright has eight lawyers who specialize in public finance law in California and 24 in the U.S., according to the firm.
Kimura’s clients include nonprofit organizations, underwriters, municipal issuers, commercial banks and registered companies.
She represents them as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel, lender’s counsel and borrower’s counsel in tax-exempt and taxable financings located throughout the United States. She received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
“I would like to congratulate this impressive group of lawyers on this accomplishment,” Gerry Pecht, the law firm’s global chief executive, said in a statement. “Practicing in 22 offices across 11 countries on six continents, these lawyers reflect the truly global nature of Norton Rose Fulbright and its wide range of client offerings. Most importantly, our firm’s continued focus on diversity and inclusion is showing positive results, with female lawyers accounting for more than half of our promotions.”
The law firm was part of the team that won the 2019 Bond Buyer Deal of the Year for work on the $6.5 billion healthcare financing integral to forming CommonSpirit when Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives merged in February 2018. The firm provided counsel to the investment banking firms that underwrote the transaction.