Catastrophic Personal Injury
Health Benefit Coverage Claims
Labor & Employment
Long-Term Disability Claims
Short-Term Disability Claims
Norris is a civil litigator with a practice emphasis on ERISA litigation. He regularly represents clients in ERISA matters at both the administrative level and in federal court, including short- and long-term disability benefit claims, retirement and pension benefit claims, all levels of health benefit coverage denial claims, life insurance claims, accidental death and dismemberment claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and other employee benefit matters. Norris is a frequent speaker and lecturer on ERISA and related issues at continuing legal education conferences all across the country. He has also written numerous articles and book chapters for a wide range of professional publications on various ERISA topics.
Norris’ practice also focuses on appellate advocacy, class actions, construction litigation, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, labor and employment, and general business litigation. He has successfully tried numerous bench and jury trials, and regularly appears in all state and federal courts, both at the trial court and appellate levels.
Norris also serves as General Counsel to the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police (NCFOP). The NCFOP is comprised of over 6,000 law enforcement officers and 57 lodges from across the state, and is the largest law enforcement organization in the State of North Carolina.
Prior to joining Essex Richards more than a decade ago, Norris served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Stephen C. St. John in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, Va. Before that, he attended law school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and graduated with a double major in Government and History from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.
Norris is a native Carolinian but grew up all over the east coast and in England. He is an avid sports fan and long-suffering Redskins and Demon Deacons fan. His wife, Julie, is also a practicing attorney in Charlotte. Norris and Julie are members of Myers Park United Methodist Church.