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O. John Norris, III

Principal and Office Litigation Manager

P 901-462-2602
F 901-462-2626


O. John Norris, III, is a Principal in and the Litigation Manager for the Memphis, Tennessee, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is an experienced litigator who handles management-side labor and employment law cases of all types.

Mr. Norris regularly handles state and federal lawsuits, arbitrations, and administrative claims regarding age, race, gender, or other types of discrimination or harassment, as well as disability accommodation issues. Mr. Norris devotes a portion of his practice to non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, employee raiding issues, trade secrets misappropriation, and similar issues, having litigated such matters in various state and federal courts and before the National Association of Securities Dealers, now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He also has significant experience representing employers in collective and class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law for wage-related claims. In addition, Mr. Norris routinely works with clients to prevent litigation or other claims by establishing effective policies, procedures and agreements and counsels clients regarding garnishment issues.

While attending law school, he served as Research Editor of the University of Memphis Law Review. He also received the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law and was selected for Who’s Who Among American Law Students.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Memphis Business Journal, "Top 40 Under 40 Award" (2009)
Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Memphis Bar Association, former Board Member of Young Lawyers’ Division
  • Memphis Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • SHRM-Memphis, former Board of Directors Legislative/Government Relations Co-Chair
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law, Law Office Technology and Management
  • Tennessee State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • John Dustin Buckman Boys and Girls Club, Board of Directors, Former Chairman

Published Works

  • "Torts- Hopkins v. Fox & Lazo Realtors: Imposing a Duty upon Real Estate Brokers to Warn of Reasonably Discoverable Defects - Is the Broker Akin to a Possessor?" Cite: 25 U.Mem.L.Rev. 807 (12/1/1994) [Author]

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August 15, 2016
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America© 2017

August 15, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY August, 15, 2016 – Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 145 attorneys throughout the firm’s 57 locations have been named to the Best Lawyers in America© 2017. In addition, 13 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the... Read More

August 17, 2015
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015)  Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective... Read More

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