The global legal practice of Norton Rose Fulbright has elected Linda L Addison as its US managing partner.

Addison has been serving in this role since December 2013, when Kenneth L Stewart took a medical leave of absence from the position to deal with cardiovascular issues. Stewart recently returned full time to Norton Rose Fulbright in the new position of non-executive US chair.

As a result of this election, Addison will remain as chair of the US Management Committee, the eighth person and first woman to hold this position. She also will continue to serve as a member of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Executive Committee.

Addison was previously Norton Rose Fulbright’s global head of dispute resolution and litigation following the June 2013 combination of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and Norton Rose.

Peter Martyr, global chief executive, Norton Rose Fulbright, commented: ‘Linda will continue to provide outstanding direction in this important leadership position. She has played a critical role in the establishment of Norton Rose Fulbright as a worldwide leader in today’s competitive legal marketplace.’

Addison, who is responsible for Norton Rose Fulbright’s US operations and strategy, said: ‘I am honoured that my partners have entrusted me to lead our US practice and to help shape the future of Norton Rose Fulbright. As managing partner, I am committed to maintaining our culture and providing our lawyers with the support to provide superior legal service.

‘We will continue to use our depth of legal experience and geographic reach to benefit our clients throughout the US and around the world.’

Addison was recognised as one of the ‘50 Most Powerful Women in New York’ by Crain’s New York Business on each of the publication’s two most recent lists. The National Law Journal named Addison one of the ‘50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America’ and one of the ‘100 Most Influential Lawyers in America’.

Lawdragon magazine described Addison as ‘one of the nation’s smartest, most-respected litigators, posing an intimidating presence in all manners of complex civil litigation’.

Addison received the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, which recognises the accomplishments of women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence and paved the way to success for other women, and The University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest alumni award given by The University of Texas at Austin.