The Law Offices of Norma Ann Dawson, founded in 1994, is located in Long Beach, California. In the past decade and a half, it has become a respected law firm in Southern California, providing legal risk management and alternative dispute resolution services in areas such as real estate transactions and litigation, and business transactions and litigation. Ms. Dawson's law practice focuses on general corporate counseling, corporate and regulatory compliance, and ethics, with a view toward minimizing the risk of liability, especially regulatory and contractual liability.
Norma Ann Dawson, rated Av by Martindale Hubbell, has both extensive trial and transactional experience. Her clients have ranged from individuals and start-up business to publically traded corporations.
Despite a busy work and personal schedule, Ms. Dawson provides pro bono services to clients with limited funds, and has served as both a judge pro tem in the small claims and traffic courts and an arbitrator for attorney-client mandatory fee arbitration programs. For relaxation, she ice skates, plays the piano, and is active in the Grand Prix Region of Porsche Club of America and Porsche Owners Club.
- Arbitration & Mediation
- Business Law
- Consumer Law
- Employment Law
- Real Estate Law
- General Civil
- Small Claims
- Contingent Fees
For personal injury cases only. All costs advanced by client.
- Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
Hourly fee charged against advance retainer required for all cases except personal injury. All costs advanced by client.
- 9th Circuit
- Sole Practitioner
- Law Office of Norma Ann Dawson, Long Beach, California
- - Current
- Provide general corporate, business and litigation services, with substantial emphasis on employment/ labor, contract, banking, commercial and residential real estate, property damage, personal injury law, simple wills and revocable living trusts. Maintain a minor criminal law practice in the areas of first offense drug possession and drunk driving.
- Associate Attorney
- Stone & Hiles, Beverly Hills, California
- Coordinated state court probate and plaintiff and defense personal injury, product liability, wrongful termination, contract and commercial real estate litigation. Drafted complaints, cross-complaints, answers, motions to strike, demurrers, summary judgment motions, etc. Developed discovery plans and drafted necessary pleadings and related motions. Made ex parte and noticed motion appearances. Took and defended party and expert depositions. Made arbitration appearances. Assisted senior partners in trial preparation. Drafted commercial real estate and corporate/business documents.
- Associate Attorney
- Mathon & Rosensweig, Beverly Hills, California
- Provided day-to-day counsel to producers and carriers in credit life and disability and vehicle service contract industries. Coordinated regulatory dispute resolution. Drafted necessary pleadings for state and federal civil litigation and made necessary appearances. Defended and took depositions. Wrote and/or negotiated commercial real estate and corporate/business contracts. Prepared corporate formation, dissolution, merger and acquisition, and annual and special meeting documentation.
- Staff Compliance Attorney
- PennCorp Financial, Inc., Santa Monica, California
- Staff compliance attorney. Rendered day-to-day counsel to operational departments of financial services/insurance holding company. Wrote and/or negotiated commercial leases, contracts, service agreements. Coordinated regulatory and business matters with outside counsel. Developed and directed company licensing expansion. Drafted in-house manuals. Analyzed and designed company sales and recruiting materials. Prepared corporate formation and annual and special meeting documentation.
- University of Michigan Law School
- J.D. | Law
- Pennsylvania State University - University Park
- B.A. | Political Science
- Honors: Outstanding Senior - 1971
- Activities: Undergraduate Student Government - Elections Commissioner (1969-1971); Pi Lamda Phi little sister
- California State Bar # 87111
- - Current
- Real Estate Broker
- California Department of Real Estate