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Norman Douglas Norwood

also known as Doug Norwood

About me

Former prosecuting attorney Doug Norwood has devoted his legal career to defending people of Northwest Arkansas against criminal charges for over 25 years.  He started his firm as a solo attorney that did all kinds of legal cases.  Doug quickly decided that DWI and criminal defense were the only kinds of cases he wanted to handle.  He chose not to do bankruptcies, divorces, personal injury cases, etc. Over the last quarter of a century, he has hand-picked a team of top litigation attorneys who he leads.  Mr. Norwood and his team have defended more than 25,000 criminal cases, including more than 8,000 DWI cases.

For over 5 years, Mr. Norwood has been nominated and voted by his peers as a "Superlawyer" for the Mid-South Region.  In addition, on two occasions, he has been named by the Arkansas Times, as one of the "Best Criminal Law/DWI Lawyers in Arkansas."  Mr. Norwood has also received the coveted Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rating, which sets him apart as one of the Preeminent Lawyers in his field of criminal defense and DWI law.  He also was one of the founding members in establishing the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has served as the President of that association.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 66%
    29 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 33%
  3. Civil Rights: 1%
    29 years



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    Having worked with Doug for over 2 years now, I can say without a doubt clients cannot go wrong with him representing them. His knowledge of the law is astounding, routinely pulling helpful cases out of his head that are decades old, and being right on point! If he knows this much at the drop of a hat, imagine what he can do when he takes his time on a case! Definitely a client's dream attorney.


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Contact info

Norwood & Nowood, P. A.

2001 South Dixieland
Rogers, AR, 72758

Norwood & Norwood, P. A.

112 W. Center Street, Suite 311
Fayetteville, AR, 72701

Norwood & Norwood, P. A.

628 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd.
Springdale, AR, 72762



MOGood Standing, Active199301/08/2013
ARAuthorized to practice198701/17/2016
TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative199301/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2009
Lawyer Community Legacy AwardArkansas Bar Association2007
PresidentArkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2007
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2006
Champion of JusticeArkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2003
Named one of the Best Criminal Law/DWI lawyers in ArkansasArkansas Times2002
Named one of the Best Criminal Law/DWI lawyers in ArkansasArkansas Times1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresNorwood & Norwood, P. A.1988 - 2012
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyBenton County Prosecuting Attorney's Office1987 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding Member2014 - Present
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2007 - 2008
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysLife MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Zammron v City of Siloam Springs, ArkansasDefendants settled for $1.8 million.
Swindle v State of Arkansas, 373 Ark. 518 (2008)Error declared
Donovan v State of Arkansas, 95 Ark. App. 378 (2006)Reversed and dismissed as to one count.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Norwood & NorwoodProsecutorial Misconduct in Closing Arguments2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Florida State UniversityCriminologyBS - Bachelor of Science1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Racing for Justice XIProsecutor Misconduct-Closing 22012
Jeff HarperCriminal Justice in Arkansas2012
Western AR Trial Practice SeminarDWI2010
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersProsecutor Misconduct-Closing Argument 12009
Arkansa Best of CLECriminal Law Issues2009
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSearch and Seizure2008
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersProsecutor Misconduct-Discovery Issues2007
Annual Death Penalty ConferenceDeath Penalty Issues2005
Annual Death Penalty ConferenceDeath Penalty Issues2004