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Patricia K Norris

Patricia K. Norris served as a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals (Division One) from late 2003 until her retirement in June 2017. As a judge on the court, Judge Norris authored over 1000 decisions in civil, criminal, and administrative appeals. 
Before joining the court, Judge Norris was a partner at Lewis and Roca, Phoenix. During her 25 years with the firm, Judge Norris’s practice centered on civil, business, and commercial litigation and appeals. 

Judge Norris received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University (1974) and J.D. degree, magna cum laude (1977),from Arizona State University College of Law. She clerked for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1977 – 1978. 

Among her professional activities, Judge Norris has served on the Arizona Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, participated in the Volunteer Lawyers Program, and is teaching as an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. She has published articles on civil litigation and is the co-editor and a contributingauthor of the Arizona Attorneys’ Fees Manual (6th ed. 2017) published by the State Bar of Arizona.  She is also a frequent lecturer at State Bar and judicial continuing legal education programs. Judge Norris is active in the State Bar of Arizona and, most recently, served as Chair of the State Bar’s Senior Lawyer Task Force.

An active participant in community organizations, Judge Norris is Chair of the Board of Directors of Arizona Town Hall, and participates in Town Hall programs throughout the state. Judge Norris has been honored by the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and the Maricopa County Bar Association for her contributions to the legal profession and the judiciary. In 2016, the Arizona Association for Justice presented Judge Norris with the Judicial Integrity Award, and in June 2017, the State Bar of Arizona awarded Judge Norris the James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award. In 2018, the Arizona State University College of Law selected her as its Outstanding Alumna, and in 2019, the State Bar selected Judge Norris as its Member of the Year.