Steven B. Pfeiffer


Steven B. Pfeiffer is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, having been a partner from 1983 through 2017. He served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. from 2003 until 2013, having been elected by his partners on three occasions. Mr. Pfeiffer previously served as Partner-in-Charge of Fulbright & Jaworski’s Washington and London offices and as head of the firm-wide International Department. In his law practice, he has had principal responsibility for a wide variety of corporate and commercial transactions involving the United Kingdom, African, Middle Eastern and European-based banks, corporations and individuals investing in the United States. Mr. Pfeiffer has been responsible for the firm’s representation of certain sovereign entities, including the U.K., Canada and several African governments.

From 1992 to 1994, he was Chairman of the Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law (SERL) of the International Bar Association. Mr. Pfeiffer is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London. He sits on the Board of Directors of Iridium Communications, Inc., a publicly traded company based in Virginia, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund based in New York.  In the past he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Barloworld Limited and Sasol Limited, both public companies based in South Africa.  Mr. Pfeiffer also served on the Board of and Project HOPE, based in Maryland. He is a trustee emeritus of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware, and Chairman Emeritus of Wesleyan University, where he served as Chairman of the Board from 1987 to 1992.

Mr. Pfeiffer received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1969. He then studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, completing a B.A. in Jurisprudence at Oxford and an M.A. in Area Studies (Africa) at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. During this time he traveled widely in Africa on a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Travel Fellowship. He earned a J.D. in 1976 from Yale University.  Mr. Pfeiffer served over 20 years as an officer on active and inactive duty in the United States Naval Reserve, retiring as a Commander in 1991.