About

Norman A. Thomas is dedicated to achieving beneficial outcomes for his appellate clients in both civil and criminal appellate matters throughout Virginia. His clients benefit from his long and varied experience conducting appeals and trials, his well-honed legal writing and editing skills, his passionate attitude and his craftsman-like approach to appellate practice.

Work Experience

Opinions Counsel and Senior Appellate Counsel

Office of the Attorney General of Virginia

July 2013 - January 2014

 

Opinions Counsel, Senior Appellate Counsel and Director of Administration

Office of the Attorney General of Virginia

November 2012 - July 2013

 

Assistant Attorney General

Office of the Attorney General of Virginia

July 2012 - November 2012

 

Judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit of Virginia (Retired)

Judge, Norfolk Circuit Court

May 2004 - April 2012

 

Judge, Fourth Judicial District of Virginia

Judge, Norfolk General District Court

April 2001 - April 2004

 

Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Norfolk, VA

December 1992 - November 2000

 

Deputy City Attorney

Office of the City Attorney, Norfolk, VA

April 1986 - December 1992

 

Law Clerk to the Late-Honorable Joseph E. Baker, Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia

Court of Appeals of Virginia

March 1985 - April 1986

 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Norfolk, VA

March 1983 - March 1985

 

Associate Attorney

Creshaw, Ware and Johnson (currently Crenshaw, Ware and Martin)

June 1981 - February 1983

Education

The College of William and Mary

Juris Doctor, Law

1978 - 1981

 

University of Virginia

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), with Distinction, Government and Economics

1974 - 1978

Norman A. Thomas
Founder

(804) 303-9538

norman@normanthomaslaw.com

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Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of Virginia; June 11, 1981

  • Supreme Court of the United States; October 3, 1988

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; June 23, 1981

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; July 1, 1981

  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; June 20, 1982

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia; October 21, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar

  • Virginia Bar Association

    • Council Member of the VBA Appellate Practice Section

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

    • Amicus Committee Co-Chair (2016-17)

    • Appellate Section Chair (2018-21)

    • Board of Governors Member (2016-21)

  • American Bar Association

Charitable & Civic Involvement

Current Affiliations:

  • Lewis F. Powell, Jr., American Inn of Court, Member

  • Bristow Beach Community and Civic Association (President, 2016-20; 2006-10)

  • First Baptist Church of Richmond, Member

Norman A. Thomas, PLLC

1015 East Main Street
Lower Level
Richmond, VA 23219

 

P: (804) 303-9538

 

Mr. Thomas serves appellate clients from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia in Virginia's appellate tribunals, the State Corporation Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

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