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Jay S. Norton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in San Antonio, TX

LaHood Norton Law Group PLLC
40 NE Loop 410, Suite 525
San Antonio, TX 78216
Phone: 210-797-7700
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2015, 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1985
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jay S. Norton is a founding partner with the LaHood Norton Law Group in San Antonio, Texas. Nationally recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Norton devotes his practice to advocating on behalf of clients throughout the state who stand accused of any type of felony or misdemeanor criminal offense.

Over the course of his more than 35 years in practice, Mr. Norton has tried virtually every type of criminal case imaginable. After serving for a year with Bexar County Legal Aid, he joined the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office in 1986 and rose to the level of chief of the office's Criminal Trial Division. Mr. Norton's past prosecutorial experience provides him with a wealth of insight into the criminal justice system from both sides, enabling him to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for his clients.

Since entering private practice, Mr. Norton has achieved considerable success fighting for the rights and liberties of the accused, and he has secured numerous dismissals, acquittals and reductions of charges for everything from drug trafficking, bank and wire fraud, securities fraud, racketeering, RICO violations, federal weapons violations and other serious offenses. At all turns, he delivers honest, straightforward advice on which his clients can rely while providing aggressive advocacy to help them achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve.

In recognition for his exemplary professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Norton holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and the National Trial Lawyers voted him among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States. In addition, SA Magazine named him a Best Lawyer in the region from 2006 to 2009, and he has earned many other accolades from his peers along with positive reviews and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A graduate of St. Mary's University, Mr. Norton returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1985. He is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Texas, and he is an active member of the National, Texas and San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations, the San Antonio Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas, among others. Committed to his local community as well, he once served on the Board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Felony, Misdemeanor


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2015, 2021 - 2022

About Jay S. Norton

First Admitted: 1985, Texas

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  • One of Scene in SA magazine's, Best Lawyer, 2006 - 2009

Educational Background

  • St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX, B.A. in Political Science

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Former Board Member, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Texas, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • Member, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, San Antonio Bar Association
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Office Location for Jay S. Norton

40 NE Loop 410
Suite 525
San Antonio, TX 78216

Phone: 210-797-7700

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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