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Meet our Dedicated Team of Advocates

At Norris & St. Clair our attorneys have been serving the legal needs of Virginians for 40 years. They are leaders in legal issues involving construction law, personal injury, and medical malpractice.

We have a long history of successful results with settlements and jury awards for our clients. We offer extensive legal skill, experience, attentive and responsive client service.

John Norris, Jr.

John Norris, Jr.

Firm founder John Norris has been delivering favorable verdicts and millions of dollars in settlements for his clients in Virginia state and federal courts for 40 years. John is an effective and seasoned attorney and trial lawyer earning him an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell – an accreditation that signifies that he has reached the highest level of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity by his peers. He has earned Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite accreditation, an honor bestowed on less than 2% of the Virginia Bar, and has been included in the 2022 edition of “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of Construction Law, the 12th year in a row he has received this honor. Mr. Norris has also been named a Virginia “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters Publications and is the author of a chapter in the Virginia Construction Law Deskbook.

His practice areas and expertise are centered on commercial litigation, primarily in the fields of insurance, construction, condemnation, securities and other business disputes.

One of John’s main core practice areas is construction law. He has successfully represented contractors, subcontractors and building owners in construction disputes providing justice and financial awards for a host of construction-related issues including but not limited to; building envelopes, glazing components, heating and ventilation, electrical systems, structural engineering issues, roofing problems, boundary disputes, eminent domain, bulkhead and marine construction and bond claims.

Another major focus and area of expertise is on banking and securities issues with successful resolutions from the state and federal courts as well as before various arbitration forums, litigating issues such as churning disputes, limited partnership syndication and 10(b)(5) claims.

John also provides legal counsel and litigation for commercial issues relating to the Uniform Commercial Code, insurance controversies, labor and employment issues, real estate tax assessments, and government contracts.

Case Results

Mr. Norris probably holds the record for having successfully completed the longest civil jury trial in the area’s history.  He represented Turner Construction Company, one of the largest contractors in the world, in a trial which spanned three and one-half months.  After presenting more than 2,000 exhibits through almost 40 witnesses, a jury awarded Mr. Norris’ client in excess of $1.6 million in damages in this landmark construction case.

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA
  • The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Bachelor of Arts
  • Clerkship for Justice A. Christian Compton fo the Virginia Supreme Court
Community & Industry Involvement
  • Former Member of the Council of the Construction and Public Contracts Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association
  • Member of the Virginia Beach Youth Service Club, an organization that donates over $100,000 annually to children’s charities.
  • Past President Tidewater Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Virginia State Bar Construction Law and Public Contracts Section
  • Former Chairman Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section
  • Founding Member of the Lynnhaven Business Association
  • Past Director and Treasurer of the Virginia Beach Exchange Club and Virginia Beach Youth Foundation
  • Former Grievance arbitrator for the City of Norfolk
  • Former member of the Associated General Contractors Contract and Legal Affairs Committee
Jim St. Clair

Jim St. Clair

Mr. St. Clair has a proven track record of significant seven-figure verdicts and settlements in the Virginia State and Federal Courts. He enjoys applying creative approaches to analyzing and developing cases. Jim is a dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable trial attorney who takes great pride and satisfaction in being able to help people who have been injured. Mr. St. Clair concentrates his practices to the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance law.

  • Law Degree from Creighton University School – Law 1984 with honors
  • Law Clerk to Judge J. Calvitt Clark Jr. United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Undergrad degree from Creighton University – 1982
Case Results
  • $3.5M medical malpractice verdict – 2012
  • $3.7M medical malpractice verdict – 2016
  • $530,000 medical malpractice settlement – 2021
  • $850,000 trucking accident settlement – 2020
  • Has tried to success, over 200 jury trials.