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Donald G. Norris

Mr. Norris’s practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, including litigation in the intellectual property, securities, and entertainment areas. His clients have included investment companies, brokerage firms, banks, accounting firms, film, television and music companies, entertainers, internet companies, and major medical providers.
Mr. Norris has tried over 40 cases, including over 17 jury trials to verdict. He also has regularly argued appeals in state and federal courts.
 
Mr. Norris previously was a partner in national law firms Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP, Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLP (later Holland & Knight), and Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, as well as a partner from 2004 to 2016 in Norris & Galanter LLP.

Mr. Norris’s wide-ranging experience has included: 
  • Lead defense lawyer for medical providers in RICO case brought by California's largest workers' compensation insurer for $700 million in damages alleging the largest health care fraud in California history
  • Defense of patent action involving skin rejuvenation lotions
  • Handling 950 consolidated cases on behalf of a major private equity firm
  • Prosecution of RICO and antitrust claims against a group of insurance companies on behalf of major medical providers
  • Defense of a major steel company against claims brought by former high executives
  • Defense of a $100 million arbitration claim brought by an introducing broker against an investment banking firm
  • Serving as day-to-day lead and trial counsel in defense of an investment banking firm facing $500 million in claims by FSLIC
  • Defense of a major bank against claims of fraud and breach of contract
  • Representation of a well-known entertainment figure in a defamation case arising from publication of his autobiography
  • Representation of a major media company against a media buyer relative to $20 million in television advertising
  • Handling a complex RICO case brought by an Asian computer manufacturer
  • Defense of an internet gatekeeper company against copyright infringement claims
  • Prosecution of false advertising and trademark claims on behalf of an international health products company
  • Representation of a prominent entertainment figure against his business manager for claims of malfeasance
  • Defense of claims of design patent infringement on behalf of one of the world’s largest makers of sunglasses
  • Prosecution of claims by a major film studio against the largest media company in the Philippines
  • Prosecution of a copyright infringement action against the largest toy company in the world
  • Defense of an antitrust case brought by independent record companies against one of the three largest music companies in the world
  • Prosecution of a legal malpractice case on behalf of a securities brokerage firm
  • Defense of a ticket brokerage company against internet-related claims brought by the world's largest ticket distribution company
  • Defense of orthopedic clinics against claims of securities and insurance fraud
  • Prosecution of a claim of tortious interference with the career of a professional golfer
  • Defense of business tort claims involving opera management companies
  • Defense of a major accounting firm of claims arising from the collapse of a precious metals dealer
  • Prosecution of RICO and fraud claims against a real estate developer concerning beach homes in Costa Rica

 

Representative clients of Mr. Norris (over the last decade) include:

Adams Laboratories, AmSurg, Aspen Medical Resources, Bollé, Bristol A/R, California Pharmacy Management, Cerberus Capital Management, Compression Records, CNN, dataLOK, Connexion Entertainment Group, Designer Tickets & Tours, First Medical Management, Hasbro, Health Smart Pacific Corporation, Industrial Pharmacy Management, Ion Beam Applications, Johnson & Johnson, Las Vegas Tickets, Long Beach Pain Center, Med-Legal, Medicis Pharmaceuticals, Mission Valley Heights Surgery Center, Neurologic Orthopedic Associates, NCL Pharmaceuticals, Ocean Fresh Trading, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, Physicians Management Group, Poway Surgery Center, Powerski International, Qualified Billing & Collections, Scholastic Entertainment, Senor Fish Restaurants, Shakey’s Restaurants, Smith Barney, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Stonelock Pictures, Systems Parking, S&B Surgery Center, Tatung, Turner Network, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Westlake Surgery Center, Wilshire Surgicenter, XCU Capital Corporation, Zemsky Green Artist Management

 


Education
 
J.D., Stanford Law School, 1979
 
B.A., University of California Los Angeles, 1976

Clerkship
 
Honorable Lawrence T. Lydick, United States District Judge for the Central District of California, 1979-1980

Admissions
 
Northern District of California
 
Southern District of California
 
Eastern District of California
 
Central District of California
 
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
 
State of California

Court Service

Los Angeles Superior Court Arbitrator/Mediator, 1993 - 2000.

Publications

Editor, Stanford Journal of International Law, 1978-79

Languages

Spanish

Co-founder Northeast Los Angeles Little League