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Norman is a founding partner of Lippitt O'Keefe, PLLC, along with Brian D. O'Keefe, and he is a founding partner of the former firm Hyman Lippitt, P.C. During his distinguished career, Norman has tried more than 150 cases to verdict, including at least 100 major felony cases before he turned 30. In the past decade, he has served as lead trial counsel for many complex and high profile cases, representing minority shareholders and executives to multi-national corporations. Michigan's bench and bar today recognize Norman as one of the state's most outstanding trial lawyers.

His career began in 1961 as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Wayne County, Michigan, and during this time, Norman often represented clients associated with renowned capital crimes. In 1985, the governor of Michigan appointed Norman to the bench of the Oakland County Circuit Court, where he served for three and a half years before returning to private practice. In 1998, Michigan State University College of Law awarded Norman an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his continuing and illustrious service to the University.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%

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  • Lisa D. Stern

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  • H. Joel Newman

    I endorse this lawyer.Norman Lippitt is possibly the best business jury trial lawyer in Michigan. I practiced with Norman for 23 years. I can remember two losses in jury trials versus countless wins.


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Contact info

Lippitt O'Keefe PLLC

370 E Maple Rd Fl 3
Birmingham, MI, 48009


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Business LitigationDBusiness2013
Business LitigationSuper Lawyers2013
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MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerLippitt O'Keefe, PLLC2011 - 2013
Vice-PresidentMichigan State University College Of Law2004 - 2009
PrincipalHyman Lippitt, PC1990 - 2011
Circuit Court JudgeOakland County Circuit Court1985 - 1988
ArbitratorMichigan Attorney Grievance Commission1978 - 1985
Assistant Prosecuting AttorneyWayne County Prosecutors Office1961 - 1965
Association namePosition nameDuration
Trustee EmeritusMichigan State University College of Law2009 - Present
Detroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1960 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMember1960 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationDirector1989 - 1993
Publication nameTitleDate
Mark AdvertisingIn the Trenches, Guerrilla Warfare and Other Trial Tactics2011
Laches (OCBA)"Let's Arbitrate"2007
Michigan Judicial Institute, ColleagueAvoiding Last Minute Chamber Conferences on Jury Charges1988
243 Laches 19 (1986)First Impressions--Oakland County Bar Association1986
31 Wayne Law Review, No. 2Criminal Law, 1984 Annual Survey of Michigan Law1985
Journal of Urban Law 60, No. 2Running the Gauntlet of Criminal Defense1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawN/AHonorary Doctor of Laws1998