Norton Rose Fulbright is closing its Pittsburgh office in the near future, the firm confirmed Thursday.
In a statement, the firm confirmed that the Pittsburgh-Southpointe office is expected to close. The two remaining partners in that office, Amy L. Barrette and Jeremy A. Mercer, will relocate to the Washington D.C. location, the firm said.
“With more than 50 locations worldwide, we continually evaluate where we have physical offices,” the firm’s statement said. “We plan to close the Pittsburgh-Southpointe office in the near future, as we can serve our clients’ needs in that area from our other offices.”
The firm also confirmed that one senior paralegal and one secretary were were laid off in anticipation of the closing. The exact date of the planned closure is not clear.
Janet McQuaid, who had been listed as an attorney in Houston and Pittsburgh, is now in Houston as her primary office. Michael Gaetani, who was counsel at Norton Rose in Pittsburgh, was laid off, according to the firm, as his role will be eliminated with the office closure.
In its statement, Norton Rose noted markets where it recently expanded—San Francisco, Vancouver and Port Moresby.
The Pittsburgh office opened in 2011 when the firm, then Fulbright & Jaworski, added six energy lawyers from K&L Gates. That group included Barrette and Mercer, as well as Kenneth Komoroski, who was made partner in charge of the Southpointe location. The office opened with an eye on the Marcellus Shale market in Pennsylvania.
Komoroski left Norton Rose in 2013 for Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Around the same time another member of that original group of six, attorney Matthew Sepp, also went to Morgan Lewis.
Norton Rose Fulbright has more than 3,500 lawyers based in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. United Kingdom-based Norton Rose and Houston-based Fulbright & Jaworski merged in June 2013.