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Norman Pine

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Sherman Oaks, CA

Pine Tillett Pine LLP
14156 Magnolia Boulevard, Suite 200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: 818-379-9710
Fax: 818-379-9749
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1975
Practice Areas: Appellate
Attorney Profile

As the founder of Pine Tillett Pine LLP's predecessor firm, Norman Pine provides dedicated legal services to people in Los Angeles, California, and throughout the state. Mr. Pine's practice is dedicated exclusively to civil appeals, with a focus on employment law, personal injury, entertainment law, business litigation, and land use.

After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Pine earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1975 from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). During law school, Mr. Pine participated in the moot court advisory program, and he served as the Note and Comments editor for the California Law Review.

With 30 years' experience handling civil appeals, Mr. Pine has achieved positive resolutions in a wide range of legal areas. His notable successes include obtaining, through an appeal, a combined fee award of approximately $34.7 million for the trial lawyers who prosecuted a civil rights case against a major financial institution; and defending a $30 million personal injury judgment, a $16 million fraud judgment, a $10 million age discrimination judgment, and multiple seven-figure judgments. 

Mr. Pine is a certified appellate law specialist through The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. His commitment to maintaining high legal standards has earned him the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been repeatedly named to The Best Lawyers in America**.

Active in the legal community, Mr. Pine serves on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California and is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the California Employment Lawyers Association, and the Appellate Courts Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. An author of many legal articles, he also gives presentations on topics relating to appellate issues for several legal organizations, including Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), the Los Angeles County Employment Law Section, and many others.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

** The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Practice Areas
  • 100%Appellate
Focus Areas



19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

About Norman Pine

First Admitted: 1975, California

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Educational Background

  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA B.A., Summa Cum Laude, received June 1971 Phi Beta Kappa; Dean's List (four years) Education Abroad - University of Sussex, England: 1970


  • Named as one of the "Top Employment Lawyers in the State of California" (includes both plaintiff and defendant attorneys) in 2009 and 2011–2020, inclusive, "Top Labor and Employment Lawyers", Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • 2004 (Inaugural Issue)–2020 (inclusive), Southern California Super Lawyers – Appellate Law
  • Appellate Lawyer of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), 2003
  • Awarded for highest achievement in appellate matters on behalf of consumers, employees, and/or victims of accidents or defective products, Appellate Lawyer of the Year Award, Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), 2003
  • Note and Comment Editor, California Law Review, Boalt Hall University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1975
  • Best Lawyers in America (Appellate), 2012–2019, inclusive
  • Since 1994, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • "In recognition of your continuous dedication to the advancement and protection of employee rights", Joe Posner Award (co-winner with Beverly Pine), California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), 2008
  • 2009–2019, inclusive, Top 100: Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Nominated for Consumer Attorneys of California's "Street Fighter of the Year" award, 2015
  • "In appreciation of his tireless efforts on SB 383 to craft a solution to demurrer abuse", Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), 2015

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Justice, Roger Traynor Moot Court Competition (multiple years) Court of Appeal appointed mediator as part of its voluntary mediation service (multiple years)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Editor, Employment Law Issue of Advocate, monthly magazine of CAALA
  • Speaker, CAOC, CELA, NELA, and CAALA annual conventions

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Appellate Courts Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), Amicus Curie Brief committee (former member)
  • Central and Eastern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Member
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)


  • Hertz Corp. v. Friend (2010) 559 U.S. 77
  • Williams v. Chino Valley Indep. Fire Dist. (2015) 61 Cal.4th 97
  • Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co. (2014) 59 Cal.4th 407
  • Harris v. City of Santa Monica (2013) 56 Cal.4th 203
  • Roby v. McKesson Corp. (2009) 47 Cal.4th 686
  • Rico v. Mitsubishi (2007) 42 Cal.4th 807
  • Green v. State of California (2007) 42 Cal.4th 254
  • MW Erectors v. Neiderhauser Ornamental & Metal Works Co. (2005) 36 Cal.4th 412
  • White v. Ultramar (1999) 21 Cal.4th 563 (Amicus Curiae)
  • Carpinteria Valley Farms, Ltd. v. County of Santa Barbara (9th Cir. 2003) 344 F.3d 822
  • J.W. v. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. (2018) 29 Cal.App.5th 1142
  • Zissler v. Saville (2018) 29 Cal.App.5th 630
  • B.B. v. County of Los Angeles (2018) 25 Cal.App.5th 115, review granted Oct. 10, 2018
  • Caldera v. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (2018) 25 Cal.App.5th 31
  • Meeks v. Autozone, Inc.(2018) 24 Cal.App.5th 855
  • Padron v. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. (2017) 16 Cal.App.5th 1246
  • Lopez v. Watchtower Bible & Tract Soc’y of New York, Inc. (2016) 246 Cal.App.4th 566
  • Ventura v. ABM Industries, Inc. (2012) 212 Cal.App.4th 258
  • Fuentes v. Autozone, Inc. (2012) 200 Cal.App.4th 1221
  • Areso v. Carmax, Inc. (2011) 195 Cal.App.4th 996
  • Boston v. Penny Lane Centers, Inc. (2009) 170 Cal.App.4th 936
  • Fitz-Gerald v. SkyWest Airlines, Inc. (2007) 155 Cal.App.4th 411
  • McGee v. Tocoemas Federal Credit Union (2007) 153 Cal.App.4th 1351
  • Haluck v. Ricoh Electronics, Inc. (2007) 151 Cal.App.4th 9941
  • Butler v. The Vons Companies, Inc. (2006) 140 Cal.App.4th 943
  • Hope v. State of California, Dept. Of Youth Authority (2005) 134 Cal.App.4th 577
  • Johnson v. Ford Motor Co. (2005) 35 Cal.4th 1191 (Amicus Curiae)
  • Felgenhauer v. Soni (2004) 121 Cal.App.4th 445
  • Herr v. Nestle USA (2003) 109 Cal.App.4th 779
  • Little v. Auto Stiegler, Inc. (2003) 29 Cal.4th 1064 (Amicus Curiae)
  • Romo v. Y-3 Holdings, Inc. (2001) 87 Cal.App.4th 115
  • Swenson v. County of Los Angeles (1999) 75 Cal.App.4th 889, review granted Jan. 13, 2000, S083916, and review dismissed Jan. 24, 2001, S083916
  • Prudential Home Mortgage Co. v. Superior Court (1998) 66 Cal.App.4th 1236
  • Maxwell v. Beverly Enterprises-California, Inc. (1998), previously published at 64 Cal.App.4th 231

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Appellate Law Specialist (State Bar, CBLS) continuously since 1997

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent rating, continuously since 1994


  • “The appellate lawyer lawyers go to when the stakes are high.”
  • “Norm is the cream of the crop of appellate attorneys. He gets results while being a gentlemen and scholar. He just upheld a seven figure trial verdict for our firm and we could not be more happy!”
  • “I have worked with Norman Pine on two appeals. Norman Pine is an exceptionally smart and talented appellate lawyer. His work on behalf of employees in California is unmatched.”
  • “Consistently the best appellate lawyer”
  • “I have worked with Norm on a couple of appeals and was very impressed by both his briefing and advocacy at oral argument.”
  • “Norm Pine provides the highest quality appellate work.”
  • “By selecting a limited number of appeals to handle at any given time, Norman Pine is able to provide personal attention and insight into each matter.”
  • “Exceptional appellate lawyer with decades of experience”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Norman Pine

14156 Magnolia Boulevard
Suite 200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Phone: 818-379-9710

Fax: 818-379-9749

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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