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Kristin A. Norse practices exclusively in the areas of appellate practice and civil litigation support. She has over 30 years of legal experience, including more than 20 years representing clients in trial and appellate courts and ten years working as a senior staff attorney for the Honorable Chris W. Altenbernd at the Second District Court of Appeal. She has successfully represented individuals and businesses in well over 100 involving various areas of law including complex commercial cases, significant personal injury, employment disputes, civil rights, family law appeals, and more. She has also successfully represented clients by assisting trial counsel. providing litigation support, including in-depth legal research, drafting dispositive motions and responses, and presenting argument on critical legal issues presented in complex litigation and in class actions.

Ms. Norse currently serves as Chair of the Rules of General Practice and Judicial Administration. She also serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the American Bar Association’s Litigation Journal. Ms. Norse is Past Chair of The Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section and Past Chair of The Florida Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee.  She is a Past President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and former chair of the HCBA’s Appellate Section and Trial & Litigation Section.

THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA has named Ms. Norse as 2024 Tampa “Lawyer of the Year” for Appellate Practice, an honor she also received in 2020and 2022.  She is listed in 2024 THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA for appellate practice and bet-the-company litigation, and 2023 FLORIDA SUPER LAWYERS for appellate practice and as one of The Top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida, Top 50 Lawyers in Tampa Bay, and Top 100 Lawyers in Florida.  She has also been named by Florida Trend as 2020 FLORIDA LEGAL ELITE for appellate practice.

Ms. Norse has been awarded the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers’ Achievement Award, which is presented to persons who have demonstrated a commitment to the purpose, goals, and mission of HAWL and who has excelled in his or her career, overcome traditional stereotypes associated with women, promoted the status of women within the profession, and promoted the status of women in the State of Florida. She has also received the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism in the Practice of Law Award, and a President’s Award from The Florida Bar for her service on the Special Committee on Opportunity in the Practice of Law.

Awards and Honors
  • AV® Preeminent Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2024, 2023, 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Appellate Practice
  • Tampa Magazine Top Lawyer, Appellate Practice, 2021
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers In America for Appellate Practice and Bet the Company
  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers, Appellate Practice, One of The Top 50 Tampa Bay Lawyers, The Top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida, and The Top 100 Attorneys in Florida
  • Listed in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite for Appellate Practice
  • Recipient of Hillsborough County Bar Association Professionalism Award, 2021
  • Recipient of Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers Achievement Award, 2016
  • Recipient of Florida Association for Florida Women Lawyers’ “Leaders in the Law” Award, 2011
  • Recipient of Hillsborough Association for Lawyers’ President’s Award, 2011
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