Norman Williams


Norman Williams joined the firm in 1981. In a significant antitrust matter, Norman, along with Bob Hemley of the firm, represented a Vermont business in an action against Browning-Ferris Industries which resulted in an award of more than $6 million, the largest jury award in Vermont history. The award was upheld by both the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. Norman also took on the State of Vermont over unconstitutional taxes in two cases that went to the Vermont Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court over the course of 15 years. As a result, the state refunded more than $4 million in unconstitutional taxes to thousands of state residents. Norman has obtained several other verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million. He has also successfully defended clients in securities and antitrust litigation, and he has represented creditors in a number of complex bankruptcy matters.


  • Yale University, J.D. 1979
  • University of Colorado, B.A. 1974, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2009
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell since 2001

Memberships &a Affiliations

  • Member, Vermont and American Bar Associations

Selected Reported Cases

  • Kelco Disposal Inc. v. Browning-Ferris Industries, 492 US 257 (1989)
  • Williams v. Vermont, 472 U.S. 14 (1985)
  • Savoie v. Merchants Bank, 166 F.3d 456 (2d Cir. 1999)
  • Bixler v. Bullard, 769 A.2d 690 (Vt. 2001)
  • Barringer v. Griffes, 1 F.3d 1331 (2d Cir. 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Vermont Supreme Court (1981)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont (1981)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1984)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1985)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2014)