Michael E. Norton: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Michael E. Norton

Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
  • Business Litigation
  • Class Action
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Consumer Fraud Litigation
  • Higher Education
  • Franchise & Distribution
  • Labor & Employment
  • Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.983.8311
Fax: 816.983.8080
University University of Utah, B.S., Political Science, 1992; Order of the Barrister; Order of the Coif
Law SchoolDrake University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1995; Drake Law Review
Admitted1995, Missouri; 1996, Kansas; 1998, Texas; 1995, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; 1998, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 2002, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; 2003, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

•Kansas Bar Association

•The Missouri Bar

•State Bar of Texas


A member of Husch Blackwell's Financial Services industry team, Mike concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, franchise and distribution litigation, and labor and employment litigation. He has obtained defense verdicts and judgments in trials in state and federal courts and has represented clients from a wide range of industries in complex commercial and class-action litigation. Mike has tried cases involving franchisee/franchisor disputes, commercial contract claims, constitutional challenges to state statutes, property disagreements, and discrimination and other employment-related disputes. He has obtained defense verdicts and summary dismissals in federal and state courts in cases involving Title VII race and sex discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and related state law causes of action.

Highlights of Mike's accomplishments include:

•Representing a publicly traded company in a civil rights and consumer-protection lawsuit filed by the state attorney general; obtained dismissal in client's favor.

Counseling a hedge fund manager in arbitration in Los Angeles and halting a $25 million claim.

Mike also has advised a wide range of clients regarding labor relations strategy, including union avoidance and defensive strategies during union organizing campaigns and union representation elections. He has represented clients in proceedings before the Department of Labor and negotiated substantially reduced penalties for violations of wage and hour laws.

In addition, he has represented clients in collective bargaining negotiations and acted as lead counsel in more than 100 labor arbitrations involving discipline and contract language issues, as well as representing clients in unfair labor practice proceedings and election challenges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Civic Involvement

Spofford Home, Board of Directors


Represented a publicly traded company in a civil rights and consumer-protection lawsuit filed by the state attorney general; obtained dismissal in client's favor.

•Represented a national automotive service company in a California class action lawsuit involving claimed violations of wage and hour provisions. Obtained a settlement that was favorable to client after taking the depositions of the class representatives.

•Represented a hedge fund manager in arbitration in Los Angeles. Won a significant victory, defeating a $25 million claim.

•Obtained a jury verdict for client, who was a franchisor, against a franchisee that attempted to open and operate a related competing business in an attempt to avoid the payment of franchise fees.

•Defended a school district client in an action seeking to invalidate the sale of school property based on alleged violations of statutory bid procedures.

•Obtained permanent injunctions enforcing the post-termination provisions of franchisee agreements. The case involved three separate franchisees that attempted to disregard the obligations of the franchise system and convert franchise locations to independently operated locations. Obtained an order from the court requiring the franchisees to turn over the operation of the franchise locations to the franchisor.

•Secured summary judgment in a case involving allegations of age and race discrimination in employment.

•Obtained defense verdict in a federal jury trial regarding claims of race discrimination in employment.

•Represented publicly traded company in a class-action antitrust lawsuit that was filed by employees; obtained dismissal in client's favor.

Business Insights

Business Insights

9.19.13 Reaching New Heights With Your Franchise System
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5.16.13 Reaching New Heights with Your Franchise System
Seminar Kansas City, MO

4.15.11 Issues in Higher Education
Seminar Kansas City, MO

4.23.10 Issues in Higher Education Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO

4.17.09 Issues in Higher Education Seminar
Seminar Kansas City, MO

1.01.03 Recent Developments in Traditional Labor Law, National Employment Law Institute Materials

Recent Development in Public Education Law, 27 The Urban Lawyer 897

In The News

8.23.11 Husch Blackwell Obtains $9 Million Verdict for Kansas City, Missouri School District Against State of Missouri
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O’Bannon vs. NCAA: What Does It Mean for Most NCAA Institutions?
Ben Irwin,Michael E. Norton, August 18, 2014
On Friday, August 8, 2014, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued its decision in a case that has been followed for several years and referenced as often on ESPN as on network and cable news programs: O’Bannon vs. NCAA.
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Michael E. Norton

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112


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