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Jay Norton   is an aggressive lawyer practicing primarily in the areas of Kansas DUI  defense and  criminal defense. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law and he is a Johnson County native.


Mr. Norton handles all manners of criminal cases from speeding tickets to major felonies and homicides in the municipal, district and federal courts of eastern Kansas. He has developed a strong reputation for obtaining dismissals, acquittals and other favorable dispositions for his clients over the last 19 years. Mr. Norton was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 and named Best of the Bar for Criminal Defense by the Kansas City Business Journal in 2012


To view current Kansas DUI & DWI information posted by Mr. Norton, click here for the Kansas DUI Blog

Mr. Norton emphasizes a thorough discovery and pretrial motions practice in DUI and criminal cases to maximize the potential benefits to those he represents. He also handles personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice claims in Kansas and has obtained substantial compensation for his client's injuries and the loss of loved ones. Mr. Norton is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Johnson County Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense, and is a Fellow of the Johnson County Bar Association. He can be found in court on daily basis fighting for his clients.


By the way, my full legal name is Joseph Lewis Norton III, but I go by Jay. AVVO has to list me by the name the Kansas Bar Association has me listed under, which is my legal name.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    22 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    22 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • William C. Head

    Jay Norton is nationally known in the DUI-DWI defense community based open his constant participation in national DUI-DWI "think tank" list serves where he assists less experienced attorneys to answer numerous questions about the details of law practice in this area. He has built a sterling reputation in the Overland Park area of Kansas for fighting and winning the large majority of his clients' cases. Consult with Jay before hiring another attorney with less experience and a less comprehensive grasp of Kansas DUI-DWI laws.


    William Head DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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KSAuthorized to practice law199407/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
SuperLawyer, KansasSuperLawyers2014
SuperLawyer, KansasSuperLawyers2013
Best of the Bar, DUI & Criminal DefenseKansas City Business Journal2012
Super Lawyer, KansasSuperLawyers2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Winter Session OrlandoNational College for DUI Defense2011
Mastering Scientific EvidenceNational College for DUI Defense2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
Super Lawyer 2010Kansas Super Lawyers2010
SuperLawyers 2009SuperLawyers2009
SuperLawyers 2008Super Lawyers2008
Mastering Scientific EvidenceNational College for DUI Defense2008
SuperLawyers 2007Super Lawyers2007
SuperLawyers 2006Superlawyers2006
Mastering Scientific EvidenceNational College for DUI Defense2006
AV Rated 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2005
Certificate - Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law SchoolNational College for DUI Defense2004
Winter Session - Kauai, HawaiiNational College for DUI Defense2001
Mid-Year Session - Kansas City, MONational College for DUI Defense1999
Certificate - Summer Session conducted at Harvard Law SchoolNational College for DUI Defense1998
Getting Tough on DUI: The DefenseMinnesota Society for Criminal Justice1997
29 Most Influential People under 30Kansas City Magazine1997
Certificate of Achievement - Summer Session Harvard Law SchoolNational College for DUI Defense1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNorton Hare, LLC2009 - Present
Partnera Criminal Defense Firm1998 - 2009
Partnera Criminal Defense Law Firm1996 - 1998
Associatea Criminal Defense and Divorce Firm1994 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife Member2014 - Present
Johnson County Bar FoundationFellow2004 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember1996 - Present
Johnson County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Kansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kansas City, KS v. J.G.Not Guilty after trial
State v. TMNot Guilty
Overland Park v. TWDismissed by the Court
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Publication nameTitleDate
Word Association PublishersArt of War for Criminal Defense Attorneys2016
Word Association PublishersKansas DUI Manual2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of KansasEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
KACDL Spring SeminarDUI Update2016
KACDL Fall CLETest Refusals in the Age of McNeely2013
Herbert Walton Bench Bar ConferenceDUI Law Changes2012
KACDL Gets MadHorizontal Gaze Nystagmus in DUI Cases2010