CRIMINAL LAW • DOMESTIC LAW • ESTATE PLANNING
Ebonee Rhodes Norris was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. A product of the Cherokee-Highland Park neighborhood, she grew up in humble beginnings.
As a child, her mother, Sharon, recognized the importance of education and instilled the grit and work ethic she credits to her success. “Those core values fueled my academic pursuits,” Norris said.
Norris’s aspirations of becoming a lawyer began at the age of 10 as she witnessed the justice system’s devastating consequences. “You can never forget the cries of a classmate being told that their parent will not return home because they were sentenced to prison,” she recounts. “It was moments such as those that impacted my life’s trajectory.”
She graduated from Caddo Parish Magnet High School and received her Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Norris then obtained her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center.
Norris amassed a wealth of experience in the legal field before starting her law firm. Norris served as a law clerk for the Louisiana Attorney General and the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Norris also worked for a non-profit law firm, advocating for the rights of low-income and elderly residents in North Louisiana. Norris then transitioned to the for-profit sector, where she worked for a private law firm practicing in the areas of criminal defense, estate planning, personal injury, and municipal bonds.
Norris established The Norris Law Group, LLC as a boutique law firm providing a client-centered approach to legal services. “I view an attorney client relationship as one of the most personal interactions an individual can have,” Norris said.
“A boutique practice allows our firm to have fewer cases and a more specific client base. This approach improves overall client satisfaction and helps us maintain a genuine connection with our clients.”
She uses her experience as a legal assistant, law clerk, and associate in for-profit and non-profit law firms to ensure client satisfaction. “Our office can be reached via telephone 24/7. We offer text message, email communication, and mobile and web-based applications to ensure our clients can always access case information.”
Norris also strives to remain accessible to her clients personally, “I understand a client’s frustration when they are unable to speak with their attorney. To remedy that frustration, I offer current clients the ability to schedule a conference call at their convenience.”
Norris says she approaches each case as if advocating for a family member. She credits her love for the law, compassion for others, and attention to detail for her success, “I believe that when you genuinely love what you do, it shows.”
Norris has witnessed first-hand the disparities in the legal system. Norris prides herself in being an advocate for social justice and social change.
She partners with the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana (JAC) for her philanthropic efforts. “I assist JAC by offering pro bono services to low-income individuals seeking to expunge their criminal records.”
Norris also focuses her efforts within her local community. “I have helped the Parish of Caddo host their free expungement and resource fair for over seven years. Their expungement fair allows me to help hundreds in our local community.”
Norris says she has also hosted a free expungement fair in Desoto Parish.
Her advice to a younger attorney is to embrace challenges. “I am a minority woman in a white male dominated field. Sexism and racism are not uncommon,” Norris said. “These challenges have forced me to sharpen my skill.”
Norris has developed her reputation in the areas of criminal defense, domestic law, and estate planning.
Ebonee Rhodes Norris is married to her college sweetheart, John Norris. They have three children, Madeline Joy, Saint John, and Sire Robert.
- 2023 Louisiana Rising Star by Super Lawyers
- 2023 Three Best-Rated Criminal Defense Lawyers
- National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100 • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10
Under 40 in Louisiana
- American Institute of Trial lawyers Litigator of the Year • Lawyers of Distinction
- 2022 African American Achievement Award
- Harry V. Booth and Judge Henry A. Politz Inn of Court
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