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Civil Appeals

Virginia civil appellate lawyer

Having practiced law since 1981, Norman Thomas possesses extensive trial and appellate practice experience in civil law, across the spectrum of subject matter areas. He founded Norman A. Thomas, PLLC, in early 2014, and his experience as a Virginia appellate lawyer includes conducting civil case appeals in the Virginia Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the State Corporation Commission of Virginia.  Since 1988, he has been a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.  He possesses commanding knowledge of appellate procedural rules, civil trial procedure, discovery rules, and evidence law.


As a judge, he presided over hundreds of trials and hearings in civil cases, including personal injury, medical malpractice, FELA, Jones Act, eminent domain, title and boundary disputes, land use, construction, contracts, local taxation, municipal law, divorce and family law, professional practice dissolution, and wills and estate cases.  


As a trial attorney, Norman represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury and non-jury trials.  His practice encompassed a wide range of subject matters.  While serving in the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, he conducted summary judgment arguments in a case involving constitutional challenges to a $2.1 Billion transportation infrastructure project.


His administrative law experience encompasses the alphabet of agency decisions, including workers’ compensation, VMRC appeals, zoning, insurance law, employment law, veteran’s rights, and ABC licensure litigation.

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