M. Hatcher “Reese” Norris

M.H. “Reese” Norris, of counsel, served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 1975-1978.  Attorney Norris was Board Certified as a Criminal Trial expert from 1987 to 2013, and was Board Certified as a Civil trial expert from 1992 to 2013.  He served as a Special Master in the United States District Court and as an Attorney Trial Referee in the Superior Court.  In his 37 years of trial practice, he has tried more than 200 criminal and civil jury cases to verdict in Connecticut and 10 other states.  Attorney Norris was defense counsel in the cases of State v. Porter and State v. Jarzbek which were landmark cases from our Supreme Court and as a result of those decisions, we have developed Porter and Jarzbek hearings as part of our trial practice.

Education:

Rutgers College – B.A. 1971

University of Connecticut Law School – J.D. 1974

Positions Held:

Assistant United States Attorney, District of Connecticut – 1975-1978

Attorney Trial Referee-State of Connecticut – 1982-2012

Special Master, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut – 1997-2012

Member, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification Examiners (Diplomate)

Bar Memberships:

State of Connecticut; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; U. S.District Court, District of Rhode Island; U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Honors:

Named Connecticut Super Lawyer (Criminal Defense) 2007, New England Super Lawyers (Criminal Defense), 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Associations:

Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (President 1993-1994) (Founding Member)

Connecticut Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers (President 1994-1995)

Criminal Justice Section, Connecticut Bar Association (Chairman 1997-2000)

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

Admitted to Practice Pro Hac Vice in the following courts:

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, District of Maine; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia; U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; Superior Court - State of New Jersey; Superior Court Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Circuit Court – Broward County, Florida

Presentations:

TRYING THE SOFT TISSUE INJURY CASE IN CONNECTICUT,” June 9, 1992, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

DUI: DEALING WITH THE NEW LAWS AND REGULATIONS,” November 30, 1993, Hartford County Bar Association, Hartford, Connecticut

WINNING IN COURT,” July 23, 1993, National Education Network, Hartford, Connecticut

TRIAL ADVOCACY IN CONNECTICUT,” August 10, 1994, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

TRYING THE SOFT TISSUE INJURY CASE IN CONNECTICUT,” May 16, 1994, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

THE CHILD IN COURT,” October 27, 1995, The Children’s Law Center, Manchester, Connecticut

FORENSICS, POLICE PROCEDURES & CROSS EXAMINATION,” March 26, 1996, Quinnipiac Law School, Bridgeport, Connecticut

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE – QUALIFYING THE EXPERT WITNESS IN A CRIMINAL CASE,” December 2, 1997, Hartford County Bar Association, Hartford, Connecticut

WINNING STRATEGIES FOR JURY SELECTION IN CONNECTICUT,” May 15, 1997, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

INVESTIGATING AND LITIGATING DWI AND SERIOUS MOTOR VEHICLE CASES,” June 12, 1998, Connecticut Bar Association, Cromwell, Connecticut

CRIMINAL LITIGATION:  SEARCHING FOR BRADY MATERIAL,” March 4, 2000, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Meriden, Connecticut

ADVANCED PERSONAL INJURY PRACTICE IN CONNECTICUT,” May 24, 2000, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

DNA – ITS DEVELOPMENT, USE AND IMPACT ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM,” June 5, 2000, Connecticut Bar Association, New Haven, Connecticut

THE CRIMINAL TRIAL FROM START TO FINISH IN CONNECTICUT: THE DEFENSE,” April 10, 2001, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

SUPERIOR DEPOSITION STRATEGIES IN CONNECTICUT CIVIL TRIAL PRACTICE,” January 10, 2002, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

CRIMINAL LITIGATION: IS FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE ADMISSIBLE?  HOW STATE V. PORTER CAN WORK FOR THE DEFENSE,” March 2, 2002, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Meriden, Connecticut

CRIMINAL LITIGATION: FALSE CONFESSIONS,” March 1, 2003, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Meriden, Connecticut

THE CRIMINAL TRIAL FROM START TO FINISH IN CONNECTICUT: THE DEFENSE,” April 1, 2003, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

DEFENDING CHILD SEX CASES,” May 9, 2003, Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services, New Haven, Connecticut

ADVANCED PERSONAL INJURY PRACTICE IN CONNECTICUT,” December 4, 2003, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

THE CRIMINAL TRIAL FROM START TO FINISH IN CONNECTICUT: THE DEFENSE,” May 5, 2004, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

CRIMINAL LITIGATION:  CROSS-EXAMINATION OF THE STATE’S FORENSIC EXPERT,” March 5, 2005, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, New Haven, Connecticut

PLAINTIFF’S PERSONAL INJURY TRIAL FROM START TO FINISH IN CONNECTICUT,” November 18, 2005, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WINNING TRIAL STRATEGIES FOR CONNECTICUT ATTORNEYS,” April 28, 2006, National Business Institute, Hartford, Connecticut

“CRIMINAL LITIGATION: SENTENCING ADVOCACY,” March 3, 2007, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, New Haven, Connecticut

“CRIMINAL LITIGATION: THE ART OF CROSS EXAMINATION,” March 7, 2009, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Orange, Connecticut