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Jon W Norris

Jon W Norris

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Federal Crime, Violent Crime, DUI & DWI

About Me

The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Counsel, Washingtonian and SuperLawyers magazines have all ranked me as one of the Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in the Washington, DC aerea, I am a solo practicioner with 20+ years experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney. For the 6 years prior to taking the Bar I was a  Criminal Defense Investigator, working with some of the Best Attorneys in the District of Columbia.  I have 26+ years of Criminal Defense Experience in the Criminal Courts in Washington, DC.  I was a former Deputy Trial Chief and Lead Attorney for Homicide in the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.  I have recieved the Frederick Douglas Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights for my work as local counsel for the Guantonemo Bay Detainees.  I have tried hundreds of criminal defense cases to jury verdict and handle all types of criminal cases from Misdemeanors to Homicides, Sex Offenses and Federal Conspiracies. No case is too large or too small, from misdemeanors with accompanying college disciplinary matters to complex conspiracies and violent felonies.  I understand that the most important case, to you, is yours.  That is the way I handle all of my client's cases. 


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. DUI & DWI: 25%
    15 years, 100 cases
  2. Violent Crime: 25%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Federal Crime: 25%
    15 years, 100 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 25%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Mark M Rollins

    I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable of the law. Wise choice.


    Mark Rollins DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jenifer Wicks

    I endorse this lawyer. Jon has investigative skills like no one else and a natural ability in the courtroom. Always a pleasure to get to work together!


    Jenifer Wicks Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Offices of Jon W. Norris

503 D Street, NW
Suite 250
Washington, DC, 20001-2763



DCActive 199005/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Attorneys, Washington D.C. Metro AreaD.C. Top Attorneys2012
Top North East AttorneyArrive2011
Criminal DefenseBaltimore and Washington, DC's Top Attorneys. The Washington Post2011
Criminal defenseBest Lawyers in America2011
Top Criminal Defense Attorney, White Collar and Non-White CollarCorporate Counsel Magazine2010
Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and White-CollarBest Lawyers in America2010
Top Attorneys: Criminal DefenseDistrict of Columbia Super Lawyers2009
Top Attorneys: Criminal DefenseDistrict of Columbia Super Lawyers2008
Top Attorneys: Criminal DefenseDistrict of Columbia Super Lawyers2007
Frederick Douglas Human Rights AwardThe Southern Center for Human Rights2007
Washington's Top Lawyers: Criminal DefenseWashingtonian Magazine2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
N/ALaw Offices of Jon W. Norris2000 - Present
Deputy Trial Chief, Lead Attorney for HomicidePublic Defender Service for the District of Columbia1990 - 2000
N/ACriminal Defense Investigator1985 - 1990


Association NamePosition NameDuration
DC Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights SectionSteering Committee2009 - Present
District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (DCACDL)Member2000 - Present
DC Bar, Criminal Law & Individual Rights SectionMember2000 - Present
National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers(NACDL)Member1987 - Present
ABA, Criminal Justice SectionMember1987 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
United States v. Adrian JacksonNot Guilty, All Counts.
United States v. Reginald Young11-1 Not Guilty Hung Jury Mistrial, Case Dismissed
United States v. Larry RayNot Guilty, All Counts.

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Publication NameTitleDate
The Washington PostThe Police couldn't Hide their lying eyes2010
Letter of Apology: A White-Collar BlogOne Columnist’s View Of DC Jury Duty2010
The Washington PostCash and Cocaine, but No Conviction!2007
The Legal TimesCourts Checking Jurors Histories More Frequently2007


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of Maryland, College ParkCriminal Justice, CriminologyBS - Bachelor of Science1987

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
CLEDCACDL:Subpoena Power and Responsibility2011
SPDTC-Summer InstitueSouthern Public Defender Training Center, Faculty:Cross Examination2010
Fox 5, Commentary Robert Wone caseConspiracy to Obstruct Justice & Tamper with Evidence2010
Public Defender Service Summer SeriesTaking Advantage of Underused Evidence at Trial: Inovative Uses and Creative Attacks2009
DCACDL,Rights of Spring:CLEInvestigation and Motions Practice2009
Criminal Justice ClinicSustaining a Career as a Public Defender2009
Wrongful Convictions & The Death PenaltyInnefective Assistance of Counsel(What should have been Done)2008
Drugs and BehaviorThe Law & Behavior2007
Criminal Practice Institute,Homicide, Forensics, Investigation2004
Southern Center for Human RightsCriminal Defense Investigation in Capital Cases2000
Law Students in CourtCriminal Defense Investigation1997