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About Me

Dont hire a lawyer based on a website or a lawyer who pays for sponsored listings or advertisements; hire a lawyer with Proven Experience. Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Counsel, Washingtonian and SuperLawyers magazines have all ranked me, year after year, as one of the Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in the Washington, DC area. 30+ years of Criminal Defense Experrience as an Attorney and Investigator in the Criminal Courts in Washington, DC and MD. Former Deputy Trial Chief and Lead Attorney for Homicide at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, I trained and supervised dozens of lawyers handling the most serious Criminal Cases in D.C. The Souther Center for Human Rights awarded me The Frederick Douglas Human Rights Award for my work on behalf of the Guantanamo Bay Detainees.  I have tried and won hundreds of criminal cases, have taken some of the most serious criminal cases in DC history to jury verdict.  I handle all types of criminal cases from Misdemeanors to Homicides, Sex Offenses and Federal Conspiracies and I understand that the most important case, to you, is yours.


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Practice Areas


  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



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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 Criminal Defense: Washington, DCSuperlawyers2016
Top Attorneys, Washington D.C. Metro AreaD.C. Top Attorneys2016
Criminal DefenseBaltimore and Washington, DC's Top Attorneys. The Washington Post2016
Criminal defenseBest Lawyers in America2015
Top Criminal Defense Attorney, White Collar and Non-White CollarCorporate Counsel Magazine2014
Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and White-CollarBest Lawyers in America2013
Top North East AttorneyArrive2011
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