Skip to main content

Lynn Norton-Ramirez

Criminal defense Attorney at Chapel Hill, NC

4.9   32 reviews

also known as Lynn Norton

  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 20 years
    Washington - WA 33 years
    California - CA 36 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1991
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Lynn

Learn Lynn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    With over 27 years experience in three jurisdictions, I am able to provide a level of excellence not typically available outside of major cities. I have worked as an Assistant District Attorney and as a criminal defense attorney since 1990.

    34 years, 2,600 cases

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    I represent clients with moving violations and vehicle code citations keeping in mind the pragmatism necessary to conserve license points and avoid insurance points whenever possible.

    15 years, 500 cases

  3. Expungement
    I prepare expunctions for all cases I handle as part of my representation when appropriate. I also prepare petitions for closed cases.

    15 years, 250 cases

  4. Constitutional
    I bring Fourth Amendment challenges for improper search and seizure regularly and in May 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed with my First Amendment challenge in Packingham v. North Carolina and ruled a statute unconstitutional.

    34 years, 250 cases

  5. Sex crime
    I have built a concentration regarding the defense of sex based cases: rape, computer sex images, indecent exposure and revenge porn.

    29 years, 250 cases

  6. Violent crime
    I have handled many robbery, aggravated assaults and homicide matters including death penalty cases.

    29 years, 600 cases

  7. White collar crime
    I have handled financial crimes such as embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretenses, credit card fraud, and worthless checks. I also handled a complicated election fraud matter where an elected official was charged with PAC fraud.

    34 years, 150 cases

Please refer to my website for additional information:


Lynn Norton-Ramirez
7306 Spring Vista Court
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516

Criminal Defense lawyers nearby


4.9 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by Robert | October 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Totally Satisfied!
Lynn's expertise and experience provided me a favorable outcome in court for my legal situation. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Whole Process Was a Breeze
I reached out to Ms. Norton shortly after receiving a speeding ticket. During our first conversation she and I discussed the details of the speeding ticket. From that conversation I knew I could trust her. She kept a clear channel of communication throughout the process and was very easy to talk to. That all being said, what impressed me the most was how proactive she is. Once the plan was set, she took care of everything and had the case closed BEFORE my actual court date. I would recommend her to any and everyone!
Read less
Posted by Christopher | November 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough, affordable, & got the result I wanted
Lynn was able to get charges dropped for me quickly. She had great energy, and was easy to deal with. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Mattelyn B. | October 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Very helpful, and she handled my situation in a prompt manner. She communciated with me throughout the whole thing as well. I didn't have to lift a finger.
Posted by Khalif | July 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lynn is Great!
I can't thank Lynn enough. I initially gave her a call based on a list of lawyers that I received from ARAG legal service. I had no idea who I would be speaking to or what to expect, but she greeted me as if we had a relationship for years. Her willingness to keep me informed during the process helped me feel comfortable with giving her the driving wheel. Lynn's personality is amazing and I greatly appreciate her patience and persistence. I couldn't be more pleased with my experience while working with Lynn.
Read less
Posted by MARIA | July 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and straightforward
I got two traffic tickets in two different counties so searching for the right lawyer who had experience in both Durham and Alamance was highly important me. After many hours of research I came across attorney Lynn Norton-Ramirez. Her experience in both counties was one of the main reasons why I hired her to represent me. I am glad I chose her because she was able to handle both cases fast and with great results (might I add she was able to dismiss one of my cases). I highly recommend attorney Lynn Norton-Ramirez because not only will she handle your case diligently but also professionally.
Read less
Posted by Francisco | March 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service from out of state
I contacted Lynn to help me clear a mistermeaner back in the 90's for me, she handle it in no time. I'm based in California and she communicated with me every step of the way and explained the process to a T.
Posted by Hayley | January 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She completely got my charges dropped quickly and kept me up to date. Amazing and really connects with you! Would totally recommend.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lynn was fantastic. She knew every step we needed to take to get my case resolved in a timely manner with a fantastic result. She made contact with her super easy and took all the stress out of the case. I would recommend her to anyone!!!
Posted by Michelle | August 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lynn norton ramirez
She was great and prompt with her responses and work. Everything went slowly.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Godsend!
Ms Norton-Ramirez stayed in touch with me throughout my situation. I felt complete confidence in her and her abilities. This trust was not misplaced; she handled everything extremely quickly and to my benefit.
Posted by Julie | August 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased
We hired Ms. Ramirez to represent our son. Although it was our first time hiring an attorney, we were very pleased with the way she handled everything.
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lifesaver, Highly Recommended, Dedicated, Responsive
Lynn is an EXPERT in her field of work and you will NOT regret your decision if you choose to retain her. I had countless conversations with multiple attorneys who told me different possible results of my case. After my first conversation with Lynn, I could easily distinguish her concern for my situation from the rest. She placed more thought and passion into my case than any attorney I had spoken to and that I have hired in the past. She was able to achieve phenomenal results. I was on the verge of losing my job. My previous attorney (before Lynn) told me that I could not get a better result and would have to deal my consequences. Lynn literally performed magic and fixed the entire situation. My case was dismissed and I was able to keep my job. Your life can change drastically if a criminal conviction ends up on your record or you do not receive the results that you DESERVE. From my experience, no other lawyer will respond and answer your questions as quickly as Lynn. She is intelligent and a problem-solver and will be able to find the BEST solution for your case. Trust me.
Read less
Posted by Mark | May 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended would have her as representation in a heartbeat
Lynn was a great lawyer from the start!!! I was connected to her through another lawyer finding service and a miss understanding on location (not her fault) connected me to Lynn who was 2-3 hours away from me. She was more than willing to drive in my defense and she takes cases to heart. My case was capital offense felony convictions. She was able to work with me and the DA to get the capital offenses dropped to much lower felonies. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer that will take your case to heart. She was even willing to take calls from me while in jail wether for consultation or just to calm my panic attacks.
Read less
Posted by Jeannette | April 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Assessment of Attorney's capacity to serve clients.
As a victim of a malicious wrongful legal charge, I endured incredible stress during court proceedings, which lasted almost three years. I was later distress to learn that the attorney who was appointed to my work on my behalf by the court was not only inept at her job, but really was unconcerned about my fate. I labored an incredible number of days and hours to provide her with hundreds of pages of evidence in support of the absolute truth of my innocence, however she never bothered to review. She continued to needlessly extend the court date and never challenged my accuser, even though I had provided more than adequate proof of my innocence. My case had gone on for over two years and at a moment complete desperation, I elected to change to a new lawyer. I met with Mrs. Norton-Ramirez and my plight of being caught up on the endless wheel of injustice ended. Almost immediately after her taking my case, I saw significant results in my defense. She actually took the time to drive many miles to see me, since I had no car. She utilized the information regarding my innocence, which I had provided my prior attorney, and challenged the accuser and the system. Within three months, she had my case dismissed and it is now in process of being expunged from my record. Lives matter to Mrs. Norton-Ramirez as is evidenced by my case. Were it not for her competent and caring execution of the facts in my case, my life could have been forever ruined. Words cannot express my gratitude to Mrs. Norton-Ramirez and I consider her to be an angel within the legal justice system.
Read less
Posted by Charlotte | October 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Job Well Done
My attorney Lynn Norton-Ramirez worked very hard from the beginning to end on my case! I won my case and it was dismissed! If I ever need a lawyer again it would be her!
Posted by a violent crime client | April 25, 2015
I recommend Lynn Norton-Ramirez without any reservation
There is no exaggeration to say that attorney Norton-Ramirez gave me a second life. She approached my case in a very unique way: vehemently defending me in the court of law while generously helping me and my family in a holistic way. She finally got my case voluntarily dismissed. I highly recommend Lynn to anyone who needs serious legal assistance.
Read less
Response from Lynn Norton-Ramirez May 25, 2015
Thank you. I do have a different approach to representation. My goal is to represent you to the fullest regarding the pending case but I also want you to avoid potential future problems. I do not want you to need my services again. I have built a successful practice by making sure that I take the time to explain the legal issues, allegations and defenses so my clients can understand why they are being charged. Then we can have a meaningful discussion so I can ascertain what the client’s objective is and do everything possible to accomplish that goal. If there is a “root” problem such as undiagnosed or untreated mental illness, anger management, substance abuse or lack of social support, I will take all steps necessary to obtain all necessary assistance to rectify these issues. My goal is to obtain the best result in your case but also ensure that all steps are taken to minimize similar issues arising in the future. I want you to succeed and if "root" issues are not addressed, they will be repeated.
Read less
Posted by Gina | January 5, 2015
Excellent service
Knowing Lynn was handling my case took all the stress out of it for me. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Sonya | December 29, 2014
Extremely Professional, Sensitive to My Specific Case, Handled it Swiftly & Confidently!!
Lynn hit the ground running & resolved my case quickly! She is TRUE, SINCERE & went ABOVE AND BEYOND my expectations for representing me. Before meeting her, I had lost faith in 'legal representation with strong work ethics and loyalty'. Lynn not only provided superior defense and won my wrongfully charged case; she earned unbelievable respect & a new found appreciation for her professionalism and legal guidance. She was easy to reach, responded to communications promptly, and kept me informed with developments as only necessary to maximize my retainer. I cannot say enough about Lynn's SUPERIOR service with a personal touch. Thank you, Lynn ~
Read less
Response from Lynn Norton-Ramirez May 25, 2015
You are very welcome. I am always responsive to your questions and needs. This is your case and I want to minimize the stress that necessarily accompanies a criminal case.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2014
Caring & Knowledgable
My younger brother got in trouble with the law in February. He was accused of very serious charges. Lynn was very caring and understanding from the start. I am so appreciative of everything she did for my family. Not only was she caring, but very knowledgable. We dealt with two other attorneys, one who was suppose to be very notable. Out of the three, she was the best by far! As soon as she took over the case, things turned around for my brother. He was released and his charges were dismissed. I would recommend her to anyone.
Read less
View less reviews


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • The Law Offices of Lynn Norton-Ramirez
  • 2008 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • The Office of the District Attorney, Durham County
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Deputy Public Defender IV
  • Law Offices Of The Los Angeles County Public Defender
  • 1990 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Parkinson Wolf Lazar & Leo
  • 1987 - 1990
View all work experience


  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of San Diego
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Lester Packingham, Packingham v. North Carolina
  • The United States Supreme Court ruled law unconstitutional.


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Building a Better Group Home
  • President
  • 2014 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Juvenile Conference
  • Juvenile Fitness and Mitigation
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
Endorse Lynn
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Norton-Ramirez is well-versed in Criminal Defense through years of experience on both as a prosecutor and defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Other
"Lynn is hardworking, diligent and dedicated. She is passionate about her clients and practice. She also gives back to the community in her spare time."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lynn had a flourishing practice in California before she moved East, where her practice and reputation continued to grow. She is smart and effective."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lynn Norton-Ramirez is a top notch attorney who brings many years of experience to the table. Lynn and I have previously worked with one another on non-profit endeavors, but I am also very familiar with her work in the criminal realm. She is a fighter and will bring that determination to your own case, whether it involves a simple drug charge or something more serious. Given this, I highly recommend Ms. Norton-Ramirez."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Norton-Ramirez is an experienced defense attorney who dedicates herself to defending her clients. As a prosecutor, I am often impressed with her skills, tactics, and her ability to present a novel and persuasive defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney is very passionate and sharp. I endorse this lawyer because of her zealous demeanor and her admirable results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. What a stellar attorney. This woman is sharp, savvy and aggressive. Her results speak for themselves. I have worked with her for many years and she never ceases to amaze me. Her experience and background in different agencies and focuses on the law give her a competitive advantage against the other side. She is a true fighter. You will not go wrong with Ms. Norton-Ramirez on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lynn is a highly experienced and able attorney who zealously represents her clients. I highly recommend this wonderful lawyer."
View more endorsements
Criminal defense