Shearman And Sterling

Nick Norris is a litigation associate in the firm’s Houston office, representing clients in complex civil litigation matters. Nick is a trial lawyer, trying more than thirty cases to judges and juries. His ample federal experience puts him at ease in any courtroom or deposition.

Prior to joining the firm, Nick worked for one of the top white collar defense attorneys in Texas at a major national firm. He tried noteworthy bank fraud, public corruption, and healthcare fraud cases. Nick cross-examined pivotal fact and expert witnesses and direct-examined expert and lay witnesses, all in front of live juries. He also drafted and argued crucial motions, earning praise for his written advocacy from multiple judges.

After graduating from law school, Nick served as a Captain in the US Army JAG Corps. He served as trial defense counsel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Army’s busiest jurisdiction. Nick first-chaired 20 felony trials before judges and juries, achieving a more than 50% acquittal rate. He was named his region’s best trial attorney and won an Army-wide trial advocacy competition. Prior to his time as defense counsel, he was an Army trial counsel and Special Assistant US Attorney (“SAUSA”). Nick tried numerous cases in federal court as SAUSA, while trying courts-martial and administrative separation boards as trial counsel. He also advised the commanders of an 1,800-soldier air defense artillery brigade.

While in law school, Nick completed a one-year externship under the Honorable Ivan R. Lemelle of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.


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