Jon W. Norris - Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney, Washington, DC
Year after year, U.S. News and World Report, The Best Lawyers in America, Washingtonian, The Washington Post, Corporate Counsel, AVVO and Super Lawyers magazines have all ranked Jon W. Norris as one of the Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in the Washington, D.C. area. In 2007, he received the Frederick Douglas Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights for his work as local counsel for the Guantanamo Bay Detainees.
Mr. Norris earned his law degree from the University of Maryland in 1990. Prior to taking the bar, he spent six years as a Criminal Defense Investigator, working with some of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in the District of Columbia. At The Public Defender Service for The District of Columbia for a decade, Mr. Norris held the positions of Deputy Trial Chief, Lead Attorney for Homicide and Acting Chief of Investigations. In those positions he not only handled and tried his own cases, he supervised and trained generations of younger lawyers and investigators, how to handle serious Felonies and Homicides. Mr. Norris left PDS and founded The Law Offices of Jon W. Norris in the year 2000. In 2001, distinguished Washington Trial Attorneys, Mark Rochon and Michele Roberts of the law firm Rochon & Roberts, turned over their criminal defense cases and clients to Mr. Norris when they transitioned into a different law practice. In 2007, Bernard S. Grimm also entrusted his criminal defense cases and clients to Mr. Norris when he transitioned into a different practice. Attorneys from across the country refer Federal, D.C., and Maryland cases to Mr. Norris on a regular basis. Mr. Norris is in demand for lectures and training seminars at the various Law Schools, Clinical Programs and Bar Associations in Washington, D.C. and he has traveled and taught at The Southern Center for Human Rights, The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, and Gideon's Promise (formerly The Southern Public Defender Training Center).
With more than twenty-nine years of Criminal Defense Experience in the Criminal Courts in Washington, DC and Maryland, Mr. Norris has tried hundreds of criminal jury cases to verdict, and zealously defended all types of criminal cases from Homicides to Misdemeanors, to Sex Offenses and Federal Conspiracies. Mr. Norris is a zealous advocate who knows how important your case is to you. No matter is too large or too small, from misdemeanors with accompanying college disciplinary matters to complex conspiracies and violent felonies. When your liberty or future is at stake, experience matters. Trust your case to a lawyer who has been there, knows the issues, who has stood up next to his clients, announced ready for trial and come away with verdicts of "Not Guilty".
Awards and Recognition
Criminal Defense Best Lawyers in America 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Best Attorneys in Washington DC and Baltimore 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
The Washington Post Top Criminal Defense Lawyers 2011 & 2012
Criminal Defense Baltimore and Washington, DC's Top Attorneys. The Washington Post 2011, 2013
Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and White-Collar Best Lawyers in America 2010
Top Criminal Defense Attorney, White Collar and Non-White Collar Corporate Counsel Magazine 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Top Attorneys: Criminal Defense District of Columbia Super Lawyers 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Frederick Douglas Human Rights Award The Southern Center for Human Rights 2007
Washington's Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense Washingtonian Magazine 2004