Michael T. Norris

Michael T. Norris

Schaumburg, Illinois

In Memoriam 2015

Retired 2014

Michael T. Norris practiced law since 1971 and was admitted in Illinois, the U.S. District Court Central and Northern Districts of Illinois, the U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, the U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He was recognized for his work with criminal defendants in numerous newspaper articles and in a television docudrama.  Part of his success came from his experience as an Attorney at the Cook County State 's Attorney's Office, giving him unique insight into the workings of the prosecution.  In addition to a career as an attorney, Mr. Norris worked as a High School Teacher in Oak Park, Illinois.  

Mr. Norris obtained his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.  He also had a Bachelor's Degree in English from DePaul.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Fraud
  • Drug Violations
  • Federal
  • Felonies
  • Grand Jury Proceedings
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Misdemeanor
  • Parole & Probation
  • Prosecution
  • RICO Act
  • Sex Offenses
  • Traffic Violations
  • White Collar Crimes

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1971
  • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
    • B.A.
    • Major: English


  • Teacher, Fenwick High School, Oak Park, Illinois, 1967 - 1971

Honors and Awards

  • DePaul University Basketball Hall of Fame, 1992

Past Employment Positions

  • Cook County State's Attorney, Attorney, 1972 - 1977