Norman Lippitt is a founding partner of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC. Norman has been practicing law for over 50 years and has gained priceless experience, wisdom and the respect of his colleagues and clients. Norman’s distinguished career began as a prosecutor in Wayne County Recorder’s Court. After a period of time he transitioned his talents and skill in the courtroom to become a criminal defense attorney. Miraculously, he tried over 100 major felony cases before he turned 30, an unprecedented feat in today’s legal environment. The tales of Norman’s legal prowess and acumen spread to Lansing, and in 1985, the governor appointed Norman to the bench of the Oakland County Circuit Court, where he served for three and a half years before returning to private practice.
Since returning to private practice, Norman has tried many jury trials to conclusion involving shareholder actions, contract disputes, employment matters, civil rights and professional liability, among others. He has successfully defended and resolved major class action suits in both state and federal court. In addition to his civil practice, he has a family law practice and has tried countless large asset divorce cases and other domestic matters. Michigan’s bench and bar recognize Norman as one of the state’s most outstanding trial lawyers.
Throughout his career he has represented some of the nation’s largest corporations, many privately held businesses and notable people, as well as victims of oppression, particularly women. His reputation is nationwide and on several occasions, he has been asked to serve as local counsel for national law firms. Locally his reputation of knowledge, persistence and decisiveness has resulted in his appointment as an arbitrator and mediator in various practice areas.