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Mark S. Norris, Sr.

Special Counsel

Mark Norris joined Adams and Reese in 2006 and serves as Special Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group. He also serves as Majority Leader of the Tennessee Senate.

Mark has a diverse civil litigation and business practice. His commercial litigation caseload regularly includes products liability, petroleum marketing and franchise litigation, defense of professional liability claims, and condemnation/eminent domain cases. He advises clients in crisis management and preventative measures to minimize risk and avoid the expense of litigation. He also appears before administrative, regulatory and municipal boards on behalf of a variety of clients in land use, permitting and zoning matters related to economic development.  

Having served as a County Commissioner in West Tennessee and as a member of the National Association of Counties and Tennessee County Commissioners' Association Board, Mark is also experienced in matters involving local government.

Mark is actively engaged in the field of Transportation and Logistics. He is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association, previously served as Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee, and currently serves on the Board of the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis. He is a former Principal in the National Academy of Public Administration’s Intergovernmental Forum on Transportation Finance, and he testified before the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission in 2006.

Mark believes that community and public service is integral to the practice of law. After six years as a County Commissioner, he was first elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2000 and was re-elected to a fourth term in 2012. He served for many years on the Senate Judiciary Committee before his election as Majority Leader in 2007.

He is currently a member of the following Senate Committees: Finance, Ways and Means; State and Local Government; Ethics; Veterans’ Affairs; and Pensions and Insurance. He is Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.

Mark served as Chairman of the 15-state Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments.  In 2012, he was elected to serve as Chairman of the National Council of State Governments in 2014. 

In 2014, Mark was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Tennessee Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The prestigious award is presented every year to an outstanding legislator who works to make a positive difference in the education, health, and welfare of Tennessee’s children and youth.

His charitable endeavors in the community include The Med Foundation and National Ornamental Metal Museum. He is past President of the Buckman Boys and Girls Club and The Phoenix, Inc. He also served as Director of the Memphis & Shelby County Sports Authority, Boys and Girls Club of Memphis and the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Mark and his family live on a working farm in West Tennessee.