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.  

NORRIS’S 2022-2023  


  • 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