2020 TOP ATTORNEYS:
EBONEE RHODES NORRIS
Ebonee Rhodes Norris became a lawyer because she wanted to be an agent of change.
“Growing up in the Cherokee/Highland Park neighborhood of Shreveport, I witnessed firsthand the direct impact of the criminal justice system on families,” said Norris, who attended Caddo Parish Magnet High School before moving on to LSU-Shreveport and Southern University Law Center. “I was compelled to be a lawyer because of my compassion for those families, and others like them.” Making a positive impact in her client’s lives is extremely important to her. “The representation that I provide for my criminal clients often determines whether they return home to their families, instead of going to jail,” Norris said. “I help people get the second chance they deserve. I also help ensure that the justice system is fair and equitable.” Norris always tries to represent her clients with grace. “I give each client the zealous representation they deserve,” she said. “My clients are more than fees and social media posts. They are family. I establish genuine relationships with each client, which helps me humanize them in the face of the criminal justice system.” Norris can’t imagine working in any other profession, and that passion shows through her witty and charming personality. She has also been described as a calculated tactician. “I returned to Shreveport to practice law, because I want to give back to the community that has cultivated me into the woman I am today.” Norris is highly involved with many Shreveport-area organizations. She’s a board member for Goodwill Industries, the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and the Red River Film Society. She’s also a member of Phi Mu fraternity. The empowerment of women is also important to her, and she serves as a mentor for several young women. “My success, most importantly, comes from my relationship with God,” Norris said. Norris has been honored as an SB Magazine Top Attorney since she began practicing law in 2013. This year, she has received recognition by Lawyers of Distinction and the American Institute of Trial Lawyers. She has also been included in the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. Norris is married to her college sweetheart, John Norris. She has one daughter: two-year-old Madeline Joy. Norris enjoys spending time with her family, and she can often be found enjoying the amazing culture Shreveport offers.
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