Biography

Drawing on decades of experience with state and local tax laws, Norm represents clients in a range of tax matters with a particular focus on valuation disputes and other property tax matters in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

He has handled property tax cases involving a wide variety of procedural and substantive issues across a full range of commercial, industrial and utility properties. Trained in alternative dispute resolution processes, Norm also represents clients in resolving these disputes through mediation when that is the best approach. In addition, he has extensive experience with income tax, sales/use tax, B&O tax, real estate transfer tax and other excise taxes and fees.

A thought leader, Norm writes and lectures frequently on tax matters. He has been active in committee work with the taxation and alternative dispute resolution sections of the American Bar Association and state bar associations. He has helped shape numerous programs of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (formerly the Institute of Property Taxation), the International Association of Assessing Officers and other professional organizations.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Norm was a partner in the tax practice of a Pacific Northwest regional law firm.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Norm is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolition sections of the American Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and the King County Bar Association. He is also a member of the WSBA work group that reviewed and commented on the Uniform Mediation Act and the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act for consideration by the Washington Legislature. Norm has organized, moderated and presented educational programs on ADR in property taxation for the Seattle Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, American Property Tax Counsel and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation. He has also served as a judge for University of Washington Law School Mediation Competition and the Seattle University Law School Negotiation Competition.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law (2009-present)
    •  "Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation and Controversy – Tax (2014, 2016)
  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation
    • Special Recognition Award (2012)
    • Distinguished Service Award (2004)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating