The Norman Business Law Center consists of a team of skilled commercial lawyers dedicated to smart, strategic advocacy. Our lawyers understand the complex business and legal issues our clients face every day. We are committed to providing our clients with high-caliber, dynamic representation aimed at achieving successful results. Our business lawyers have a combined background of impressive achievements and qualifications, as well as a commitment to professional excellence, client services, and expert legal advice.
As a full service, business and commercial litigation firm, we offer legal advice and representation to our business clients throughout Louisiana. Receiving 90 percent of our cases from fellow attorneys, we utilize our multiple decades of combined experience to efficiently and effectively handle all aspects of business and commercial law. Providing honest guidance and transparent advocacy, our attorneys strive to protect your legal rights through even the most complex business agreements and contracts. Offering practical solutions, regardless of your industry, we promise individualized attention with the following business representation needs:
Led by principal attorney and the Vice President of the Louisiana Law Institute, Rick Norman, our entire firm is committed to complete and comprehensive services in business law. Returning all phone calls the same day they are received, we promise a prompt and courteous response to all of your questions or requests for legal consultations. At The Norman Business Law Center, we practice law, but we live business; purely business.
In order to be a great law firm, you need to have the experience to back you up. At Norman Business Law Center, we have that experience. Not only have our business lawyers published legal works including Louisiana Employment (Thomson Reuters, 1083 pages, updated annually) and Louisiana Corporations (Thomson Reuters, 2051 pages, updated annually) but our firm has an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell rating agency. This is the highest rating given for ability and ethics.
Our credentials speak for themselves, but our business lawyers are determined to give you the best representation they can. Check out a list of our notable cases below:
At Norman Business Law Center we serve a large selection of clients, both big and small, throughout the Louisiana area, and you could be next! We make it our mission to help anyone in need of a lawyer whether it be for business or commercial litigation. Check out our extensive list of services to see if our law firm can represent your needs. If you, or someone you know, is in need of a business lawyer give us a call and we will give you a free consultation over the phone.
See our full list of clients we’ve served below:
MERRICK (RICK) J. NORMAN, JR.
145 East Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601
Rick J. Norman practices business law and commercial litigation with his son, Joe, through the Norman Business Law Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Mr. Norman has been representing Louisiana businesses, both big and small, since 1980.
Mr. Norman is the author of two legal treatises on business law used by both practitioners and in law schools: Louisiana Employment (Thomson Reuters, 1083 pages, updated annually) and Louisiana Corporations (Thomson Reuters, 2051 pages, updated annually).
Mr. Norman enjoys an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell rating agency, which is the highest rating given for ability and ethics. Mr. Norman is a “Top Rated Lawyer” in the field of litigation as determined by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Norman was selected a Top Rated Lawyer in the field of commercial litigation by Acadiana Profile Magazine.
Mr. Norman has extensive litigation experience and was formerly a federal prosecutor for white collar crime. Rick has tried cases in many state and federal courts, including bankruptcy court and tax court.
Mr. Norman is currently the Vice President of the Louisiana State Law Institute, an arm of the Louisiana legislature that studies and drafts legislation. He is also currently serving on Law Institute committees rewriting the Louisiana Wage Payment Act and the Louisiana Limited Liability Companies Law. He formerly served on the committee that rewrote the Louisiana Business Corporations Law in 2015.
Mr. Norman is currently serving on the Employment Law Advisory Commission for the Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. Norman taught business entities law and employment law at McNeese State University for many years. Mr. Norman lectures and writes extensively on business law topics. He also contributed a chapter for a college textbook on the effect of the First Amendment on business.
Mr. Norman served as Ethics Committee chairman for the Louisiana Bar Association from 1995-1999. Mr. Norman has served as a court-appointed Special Master in the 14th Judicial District Court.
145 East Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601
Joe Norman is an associate at the Norman Business Law Center, where he practices commercial law and commercial litigation. He has experience in corporate transactional work, as well as experience in prosecution and defense of federal and state employment law actions. Joe regularly advises businesses on compliance with various federal and state laws concerning employee rights and benefits, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). He co-authored Louisiana Employment Law (Thompson Reuters 2016, 1051 pages) and contributes to the annual updates to Louisiana Corporations (Thompson Reuters 2016, 2 vols. 2,237 pages), two legal treatises widely used by Louisiana practitioners. Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from McNeese State University in 2012. He earned his J.D. from LSU Law School and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 2015.
145 East Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601
Jud Norman is an associate at the Norman Business Law Center where he practices commercial law and commercial litigation. He is a contributor to both the Louisiana Corporations and Louisiana Employment treatises. Jud earned his Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in 2007. He practiced as a certified Mental Health Specialist before attending Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 2017.
is an informational guide to the practice of business organization law in Louisiana. It serves as a quick reference on Louisiana corporate law at all stages of corporate existence and provides:
Comprehensive information on business entity selection, formation, and operation in Louisiana
Practice tips from experienced business lawyers
Legal requirements, from incorporation to dissolution
An outline of information, from the general to specific, makes it easier to locate the needed information while the accessible format and chapter organization with detailed chapter analyses also facilitate the finding of information.
Designed to help both employers and employees, Employment Lawprovides an understanding of the legislative and jurisprudential employment law activism brought on as both a cause and result of a changing workplace. It identifies, organizes, and analyzes developments regarding the employment relationship in Louisiana.
At the Norman Business Law Center (the “Company” or “We”), we respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy.
This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit this website (our “Website”) and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing that information.
This policy applies to information we collect:
On this Website.
In e-mail, text and other electronic messages between you and this Website.
Through mobile and desktop applications you download from this Website, which provide dedicated non-browser-based interaction between you and this Website.
When you interact with our advertising and applications on third-party websites and services, if those applications or advertising include links to this policy.
It does not apply to information collected by:
us offline or through any other means, including on any other website operated by Company or any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries); or
any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries), including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from or on the Website.
Children Under the Age of 13
Our Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on the Website. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information on this Website or on or through any of its features/register on the Website, make any purchases through the Website, use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Website or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address or any screen name or user name you may use. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us via our contact us link.
Information We Collect About You and How We Collect It
We collect several types of information from and about users of our Website, including information:
by which you may be personally identified, such as name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number or ANY OTHER INFORMATION THE WEBSITE COLLECTS THAT IS DEFINED AS PERSONAL OR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION UNDER AN APPLICABLE LAW (“personal information”);
that is about you but individually does not identify you, and/or
about your internet connection, the equipment you use to access our Website and usage details.
We collect this information:
Directly from you when you provide it to us.
Automatically as you navigate through the site. Information collected automatically may include usage details, IP addresses and information collected through cookies, web beacons and other tracking technologies.
From third parties, for example, our business partners.
Information You Provide to Us.
The information we collect on or through our Website may include:
Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our Website, subscribing to our service, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our Website.
Records and copies of your correspondence (including e-mail addresses), if you contact us.
Your responses to surveys that we might ask you to complete for research purposes.
Details of transactions you carry out through our Website and of the fulfillment of your orders. You may be required to provide financial information before placing an order through our Website.
Your search queries on the Website.
You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of the Website, or transmitted to other users of the Website or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions”). Your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. Although we limit access to certain pages/you may set certain privacy settings for such information by logging into your account profile, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of other users of the Website with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.
Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies.
As you navigate through and interact with our Website, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns, including:
Details of your visits to our Website, including traffic data, location data, and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Website.
Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system and browser type.
We also may use these technologies to collect information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services (behavioral tracking). The information we collect automatically is statistical data and does not include personal information, but we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve our Website and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:
Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Website according to your individual interests.
Speed up your searches.
Recognize you when you return to our Website.
The technologies we use for this automatic data collection may include:
Flash Cookies. Certain features of our Website may use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from and on our Website. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies.
Web Beacons. Pages of our the Website may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs. pixel tags and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Company, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an e-mail and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain website content and verifying system and server integrity).
We do not collect personal Information automatically, but we may tie this information to personal information about you that we collect from other sources or you provide to us.
We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.
How We Use Your Information
We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:
To present our Website and its contents to you.
To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us.
To provide you with information about our services
To provide you with notices about your account/subscription, including expiration and renewal notices.
To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection.
To notify you about changes to our Website or any products or services we offer or provide though it.
To allow you to participate in interactive features on our Website.
In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.
To fulfill any purpose for which you provide it.
For any other purpose with your consent.
We may use the information we have collected from you to enable us to display advertisements to our advertisers’ target audiences. Even though we do not disclose your personal information for these purposes without your consent, if you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement, the advertiser may assume that you meet its target criteria.
Disclosure of Your Information
We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.
To our subsidiaries and affiliates.
To contractors, service providers and other third parties we use to support our business and who are bound by contractual obligations to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or all of the Company’s assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by the Company about our Website users is among the assets transferred.
To third parties to market their products or services to you if you have consented to these disclosures. We contractually require these third parties to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it. For example, if you give us an e-mail address to use the “e-mail a friend” feature of our Website, we will transmit the contents of that e-mail and your e-mail address to the recipients.
For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
With your consent.
We may also disclose your personal information:
To comply with any court order, law or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.
If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Company, our customers or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information
We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your information:
We do not control third parties’ collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. However these third parties may provide you with ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) on the NAI’s website.
Accessing and Correcting Your Information
You may send us an e-mail via our contact link to request access to, correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. We cannot delete your personal information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.
Your California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code Section § 1798.83 permits users of our Website that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us via the Contact Us link.
We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure
The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Website. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website.
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