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Jeffrey Michael Norton

Jeffrey Michael Norton

also known as Jeffrey M. Norton

About me

Jeffrey M. Norton is a member of Newman Ferrara LLP and Chair of the firm's Class Action and Complex Litigation Group. He practices primarily in the areas of shareholder rights, ERISA litigation, consumer fraud, products liability, and civil rights.

He has played a leadership role in numerous actions where plaintiffs or class members won substantial benefits, including In re Royal Dutch/Shell Transport ERISA Litig., (D.N.J.) ($90 million settlement); In re AIG ERISA Litig., 04-CV-9387 (S.D.N.Y.) ($24.5 million settlement); In re Conagra Foods, Inc. ERISA Litig., 8:05-CV-00348 (D. Neb.) (settlement valued over $14 million); Salvato v. Zale Corp. et al., 3:06-CV-1124-D (N.D. Tx.) (settlement valued over $7 million); and Graden v. Conexant Systems, Inc., 2:05-CV-00695 (D.N.J.) (settlement valued at over $12 million); In re Veritas Software Corp. Securities Litigation, Civ. No. 04-831-SLR (D. Del.) ($21.5 million settlement).

In the Conexant case, Mr. Norton argued and won an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, setting a precedent that established statutory standing under ERISA for millions of otherwise disqualified former employees. See Graden v. Conexant Systems, Inc., 496 F.3d 496 (3d Cir. 2007), cert. denied 128 S.Ct. 1473 (2008)). Mr. Norton subsequently achieved a similar result before the Eleventh Circuit in Lanfear v. Home Depot, Inc., 536 F.3d 1217 (11th Cir. 2008). Mr. Norton was involved in In re: New York ReNu with Moistureloc Product Liability Litig., 766,000/2007 (NY Sup. Ct.), and a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in In re: Zicam Cold Remedy Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litig., 2:09-MD-02096 (FJM), pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Mr. Norton also currently serves as lead counsel in a number of state and national class actions, including In re Zynga Inc. Securities Litigation, 12-cv-04007-JSW (N.D. Cal. 2013). Recently, along with co-counsel, Jeffrey Norton settled Edmans v. Hurt, et al., No. D-1-GN-13-000874 (Travis County District Court, Texas), a shareholder derivative action involving Bazaarvoice, Inc. and allegations company’s officers and directors breached their fiduciary duties by causing the company to violate federal antitrust laws in connection with a corporate acquisition and engaged in insider trading. The settlement provided for an overhaul of corporate policies, including changes to its antitrust compliance and executive compensation.

The high quality of Mr. Norton’s work has been noted by Judges. For example, in shareholder derivative case involving Hewlett-Packard Company, U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker (ret.), sitting as the arbitrator on a fee application, noted that “the filings, oral argument and general demeanor of [Mr. Norton and his co-counsel] reflect that they are highly experienced, knowledgeable, hardworking, efficient and reputable counsel of high standing and ability.” Judge Walker noted additionally that [Mr. Norton and his co-counsel]’s contributions to the case “demonstrate the high caliber of their work and the quality of time and effort they expended on achieving the corporate governance revisions… Their efforts to litigate in an efficient, constructive manner and to cooperate with other counsel resulted in decreased litigation expenses that substantially benefitted HP and its shareholders.” See Riccardi v. Lynch, Case No. 12-6003-CRB (N.D. Cal.), Docket No. 252 (October 23, 2014).

In addition to representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of civil-litigation matters, Mr. Norton is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law, where he teaches Mass Torts and Class Action Litigation, and he has been a presenter and panelist for various CLE seminars. Mr. Norton is admitted in the state courts of New York and Connecticut, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Michigan, the District of Colorado, and the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Norton graduated with honors from Arizona State University in 1992 and cum laude from Pace University School of Law in 1997.

Mr. Norton also currently serves on the boards of the Greenwich UJA and Reconstructing Hope.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 45%
    17 years
  2. Class Action: 45%
    17 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    17 years



Hourly ($500-600/hour), contingent (20-33%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Matthew S. Chase

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Norton was lead counsel on a class action matter I brought him. Excellent work, and I recommend.


    Matthew Chase Landlord & Tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Mark Diehl Sullivan

    You do not want to be in this guy's crosshairs.


    Mark Sullivan Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Newman Ferrara LLP

1250 Broadway
27th Fl.
New York, NY, 10001


NYCurrently registered 199803/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyer, New York MetroSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Leading Attorneys in New YorkNewsweek2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Public Interest Law ScholarshipPace University School of Law1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorPace University School Of Law2012 - Present
PartnerNewman Ferrara LLP2011 - Present
PartnerHarwood Feffer LLP2000 - 2011
AssociateMcDonough Marcus Cohn Tretter Heller & Kanca L.L.P.1999 - 2000
AssociateRheingold Valet1997 - 1999
Ella Baker Legal InternCenter for Constitutional Rights1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
UJA of GreenwichBoard Member2012 - Present
Reconstructing HopeBoard, General Counsel2011 - Present
Mothers Day MovementBoard2010 - Present
Anti-Defamation LeagueGlass Leadership2008 - 2010
American Law InstituteFaculty2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Center for Constitutional RightsVolunteer Counsel1997 - Present
Center for Constitutional RightsCooperating AttorneyN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Royal Dutch/Shell Transport ERISA Litigation, (D.N.J.)settled for $90million
Graden v. Conexant Systems, Inc., 496 F.3d 496 (3d cir. 2007), cert. denied 128 S.Ct. 1473 (2008)successful appeal, settlement valued over $12million
Lanfear v. Home Depot, Inc.,536 F.3d 1217 (11th Cir. 2008)successful appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Law InstituteFollowing The Bouncing Ball: Confusion and Frustration in the Modern World of Mortgage-Related Litigation2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pace University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Did Walmart Kill the Class Action?Class Action Litigation2012
Lender Misconduct in Consumer Foreclosures and BankruptcyLender Misconduct in Consumer Foreclosures and Bankruptcy2008
Lender Misconduct in Consumer Foreclosures and BankruptcyLender Misconduct in Consumer Foreclosures and Bankruptcy2008