Adams and Reese attorney and Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was named by Memphis Magazine’s “Who’s Who in Memphis,” among the movers and shakers and the Memphis 100.
The publication profiled its selections in the August 2014 magazine. The list includes politicians, entrepreneurs, business leaders, athletes, musicians, and more.
The article said about Norris: “Majority leader of the Republican-dominated state Senate. Was the primary author in 2011 of the controversial Norris-Todd bill (co-sponsored with state Rep. Curry Todd), which established guidelines for merger of Memphis City Schools with Shelby County Schools in August 2013, including the lifting at that time of a ban on new special school districts. Crafted add-on legislation in 2012 to enable immediate referenda for such districts in Shelby County suburbs and repeated process with amended bill in 2013 when 2012 measure was found unconstitutional. Seemingly content to work in the shadows of Senate Speaker/Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Norris, re-elected in 2013 to a third term as chair of Tennessee Advisory Commission on Inter-governmental Relations, is known to have gubernatorial ambitions of his own. A lawyer and farmer living in Collierville, Norris became chairman of the National Council of State Governments in 2014 and was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Tennessee Parent Teacher Association (PTA).”
In 2014, Norris received the “Legislator of the Year” award from The Tennessee Association for Justice. Earlier this year, Norris also was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Tennessee Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Norris has served in the Tennessee Senate since 2000 and as Senate Majority Leader since 2007. At Adams and Reese, Norris has practiced law since 1980 and is Special Counsel with the firm in the Memphis and Nashville offices. First elected to the Senate in 2000 and as Majority Leader in 2007, Senator Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, and Dyer. Norris is currently a member of the following Senate Committees: Finance, Ways and Means; State and Local Government; Ethics; Veterans’ Affairs; Pensions and Insurance; and Workers’ Compensation Oversight. He is Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.
Norris 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.