Blaine A. Norris
J.D., University of Georgia School of Law ('97)
B.A., University of Georgia ('94)
Vanderbilt University (attended '92-'94)
State of Georgia Bar ('97)
Georgia Supreme Court ('98)
Georgia Court of Appeals ('98)
US Court of Appeals 11th Circuit ('08)
US District Court, Northern District of Georgia ('98)
US District Court, Middle District of Georgia ('00)
Trial lawyer with emphasis in Personal Injury & Auto Accidents; Business & Contract Litigation; and Criminal Defense
Blaine graduated from Carrollton High School and then attended Vanderbilt University ('90 to '92), before transferring to The University of Georgia, where he received a BA in history, magna cum laude, in 1994. At UGA he was Phi Beta Kappa and a Presidential Scholar (maintaining a 4.0 GPA while at UGA). He received his JD in from The University of Georgia School of Law, magna cum laude, in 1997. Trial practice has always been his focus. In law school, he was a member of the mock trial board and won four first place trial awards, including the national championship (ATLA) in Denver, Co. He was Order of the Coif (academics), Order of the Barristers (advocacy), president of the Christian Legal Society, and voted by his classmates to receive the William King Meadow Award at graduation. He began his law practice at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, and returned to Athens as a prosecutor to raise his family in the town he grew to love while attending UGA. As a prosecutor, he tried numerous jury trials before returning to private practice in August 2000. He has consistently focused on trial practice and litigation, particularly personal injury, auto accidents, business and contract litigation, and criminal defense.
Blaine's past or present associations include the Georgia Bar Association, the Western Judicial Circuit Bar Association (Board of Governors 2007-2008; President 2011-2012); American Association of Justice; Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Locally, he is an active member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, has served on the Board of Directors for Missionary Care Ministry, Inc., Diakonia Legal Services, Inc., been involved in YMCA fundraising, the Athens Rifle Club, and Clarke County Wildlife Association. He is married and has three children.