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Shannon D. Norris

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Certified Legal Specialties:

  • Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Biography

Shannon Norris has represented a broad range of clients since he began practicing in 1993 in the areas of employment law, business litigation, trade secrets, civil fraud, and employee benefits.  During that time, he has represented Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and individuals.  Mr. Norris has extensive experience with employment litigation, noncompete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and occupational fraud.  He is a regular speaker on topics relating to employment law, civil litigation, and human resources.

Mr. Norris began his career in 1993 at the law firm of Jones Day, where he was a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section.  He formed his own practice in the year 2000.  He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Mr. Norris is Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated.  Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary.  Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ fall into two categories—legal ability and general ethical standards.

 

Honors

  • Super Lawyers, 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Professional Associations

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Fraud Examiner, Present
  • State Bar of Texas (Labor & Employment Law Section, Litigation Section, Business Law Section)
  • Dallas Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Section, Business Litigation Section)

Presentations

  • Speaker, "Drafting Effective HR Documents," 2020 Legal Symposium, November 13, 2020, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “2020 Employment Law Update,” January 23, 2020, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “’Bring Your Own Device’ Does Not Mean ‘Leave With Our Data,’” 2019 Legal Symposium, September 13, 2019, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “2019 Employment Law Update,” January 24, 2019, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “Evidence in Employment Lawsuits,” 2018 Legal Symposium, September 24, 2018, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “2018 Employment Law Update,” January 25, 2018, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “HR Perspectives on Social Media,” August 24, 2017, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “2017 Employment Law Update,” January 26, 2017, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “Tricks and Traps of Employee Handbooks,” 2016 Annual Conference, September 9, 2016; private MCLE presentation October 6, 2017, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “2016 Employment Law Update,” January 28, 2016, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “2015 Employment Law Update,” January 22, 2015, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “Protecting Your Business from Employee Fraud,” September 24, 2014, AFairchild, PC and C12 Group Client Conference
  • Speaker, “Separation Agreements: What Works and What Doesn’t,” September 5, 2014, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaker, “2014 Employment Law Update,” January 23, 2014, North Texas Society for Human Resource Management

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Trade Secrets
  • Civil Fraud
  • Employee Benefits/ERISA

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • Juris Doctor - 1993
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • West Texas State University
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases 

  • Obtained arbitration award in favor of enterprise software implementation firm in dispute involving claims for unpaid fees and counterclaims alleging that services were not performed according to industry standards.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing former employee’s claims for wrongful termination, breach of contract, negligence, and slander.
  • Obtained summary judgment and permanent injunction against former employee and employee’s new company for breach of noncompete and confidentiality agreement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Coordinated forensics investigation and obtained injunctive relief to prohibit former employees and new employer from using or disclosing confidential information.
  • Negotiated settlement and permanent injunction for LLC against former member in lawsuit alleging fraud, misappropriation of corporate funds, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of operating agreement.
  • Obtained federal jury verdict in favor of employee asserting claims under Surface Transportation Assistance Act.
  • Advised employer in investigation of office manager for misappropriation of corporate funds.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing former employee’s claims for sexual harassment, retaliation, and breach of contract.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing former employee’s claims for race discrimination.
  • Resolved claims by former employees alleging failure to pay overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Part of a team of attorneys who negotiated and administered the settlement of a nationwide ERISA class-action lawsuit involving pension benefits.