Attorney Profile

Thomas B. Norris, Jr.

209 10th Ave. South, Ste. 525 , Nashville , TN 37209 , (615) 321-5594


Legal   Solo Practitioner          1996-Present   (Of Counsel to Law Office of Barry J. Gammons)


Areas of Practice Concentration:  Corporate, commercial and creditor rights law emphasizing small business; Business entity formation and structuring including non-profits; Business acquisition and merger; Exempt securities; Secured transactions; Sales; Leasehold; Tax; Estate planning; and Creditor rights.  .


Admitted to Practice: Tennessee Supreme Court , U.S. District Courts for West, Middle and East Tennessee; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Legal Professional Organizations:Nashville Bar Association – 1996 to Present (Employment Law Committee – 1998; Corporate and Commercial Practice Committee); Tennessee Bar Association - 1996 to Present (Section Member: Business Law & Tax Law); American Bar Association – 1996 to Present (Section of Business Law and Section of Taxation); Federalist Society (Corporate & Antitrust Practice Group); Harry Philips American Inn of Court – 1995-96 Student Member; American Inns of Court – 1999-2002; Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society – 2006 to Present; The Tax Foundation 2010-1911.


Legal Activities:Bar Proctor for the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners – 1997 to Present.


Teaching:  Substitute teaching various subjects for paralegal program at Volunteer State Community College, 2008-2010; substitute instructor teaching Business Associations & Employment/Labor Law at Nashville School of Law, 2009-2010.


Professional Speaking:  Speaks and advises local chamber and trade groups in Tennessee within the areas of practice indicated above.  


Publication: The New Salary Exemption Tests: Highlights of Changes in Defining and Delimiting the Exceptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Computer and Outside Sales Employees, 40 Tenn. B.J. 11 (November 2004).


Book: Coauthor: A TENNESSEE GENERAL SESSIONS HANDBOOK (M. Lee Smith Publishers, 2009).


Case of Note: S.L. Thomas Family Winery, Inc. v.  Bredesen, (Case No. 07-5524) 545 F.3d 431 (6th Cir.) (42 USC § 1983 action to vindicate rights under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution resulting in changes to Tennessee’s Wine and Grape Law (Tenn. Code Ann.§ 57-3-601; Public Chapter 273) and permitting direct shipment of wines into Tennessee (Tenn. Code Ann.§ 57-3-217; Public Chapter 348))



LLM, Taxation, University of Alabama School of Law, 2007;  JD,  Nashville School of Law, 1996 (Licensed October, 1996); Masters of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University/Tennessee State University, 30 hours completed, 1982-83;  BS, Political Science,  Middle Tennessee State University, 1982.

Public Service
Director, Blue Raider Athletic Association (BRAA), Middle Tennessee State University, 2011-2012.
Professional Speaking: Speaks and advises local chamber and trade groups in Tennessee within the areas of practice indicated above. 



Over 25 years experience in manufacturing.  Experience as a “start-up” plant manager, general manager, and vice-president of equipment manufacturing company accompanied by position equivalent profit and loss responsibilities.  Currently act as Director of a corporation in the manufacturing business.

Professional/Occupational Organizations

Member of the Industrial Development Board, City of Parsons, 1984; American Purchasing and Inventory Control Society, 1988-90; Survey Panelist – Survey of Business, UT Knoxville, 1988-1994; Topic Speaker  (Government Bidding) Center for Industrial Services, UT, 1987-88.

Charitable Association

The Bellevue Athletic Association; The Key Alliance