Debra B. Norris, P.C., Attorney at Law, combines her engineering and
legal backgrounds in a technically-oriented law practice. An electrical
engineer, Debra spent ten years building plants for the oil, gas, and chemical
industries. Debra earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude,
from Louisiana Tech University and a B.A. in Physics, cum laude, from Centenary
College in 1984. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Texas School of
Law in 1998, receiving the Dean's Achievement Award in Evidence.
Debra now represents individuals and corporations in a variety of legal
matters, with special focus on construction law. Ms. Norris represents owners, suppliers,
contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in the construction
Ms. Norris has taught "Construction Law" in the graduate school of civil and environmental engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston since 2005 and is a frequent speaker on legal issues related to the construction
Ms. Norris is licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Southern
District of Texas. With a ten-year background as an engineer, Debra is available as an arbitrator in a variety of technical disputes
Debra Bourn Norris has been recognized as a Top Houston Lawyer in construction law by "H Texas" magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018:
Debra was featured on "America's Premier Lawyers" series on CNN's Airport TV network in 2009:
article (PDF), video (Quicktime)
Ms. Norris is a member of The College of the State Bar, an honor society
chartered in 1981 by the Supreme Court of Texas, and maintains memberships in
the following organizations:
Houston Bar Association: Construction Law, Litigation, and Real Estate Law Sections
State Bar of Texas: Construction Law and Litigation Sections
American Bar Association: Construction Industry Forum and Dispute Resolution Section. In 2012, she received a scholarship to the inaugural ABA Construction Trial Academy in Washington, D.C. article
Society of Women Engineers, Houston: past-president, 1990-91, and
representative, on the Engineers Week Committee. Debra B. Norris, Esq. is
featured on page 2 of the October 2004
newsletter (MSWord doc).
Associated Builders and Contractors, Greater Houston Chapter: PAC Trustee, Legal Issues, and Commercial and Industrial Contractors Committees.
Associated General Contractors Houston Chapter, Government Affairs Committee.
American Subcontractors Association Houston Chapter: Associate Member and Government Advocacy Committees.
Houston Contractors Association, PAC Committee.
Defense Research Institute, Construction Law Committee
Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, University of Texas School
of Law, 1997
Outstanding Young Women of America, 1985
Ms. Norris was the featured speaker at the
Engineering Leadership Forum 2004-2005 Leadership Series -
Session III. Her talk for ASCE, ASME, HESS, SAME, SWE and TSPE was
entitled The Professional Liability of Architects and Engineers.
University of Houston, An Engineer's Duty to Protect the Public,
Engineering Ethics program, 2004.
American Institute of Architects (AIA), Houston, Ethical Considerations for Architects and Lawyers
and The Professional Liability of Architects. 2005 & 2006.
Announcement (MSWord doc).
Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Houston Area, Professional Development Conference, 2005 & 2007. Announcement
Sinopec, Legal Aspects of Surveying, 2005.
Schedule (MSWord doc).
Lecturer, Legal Aspects of Construction and Legal Aspects of Surveying, University of Houston,
College of Engineering Technology, Construction Management Technology program,
Spring & Fall 2005 - 10.
Adjunct Professor of Construction Law, University of
Houston, Cullen College of Engineering, Graduate School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Summer 2005 to Present.
National Association of Women in Construction, Houston Chapter, Engineering Errors, 2006.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Greater Houston Chapter, Contract Language & Negotiations, Legal Seminar, 2006-08; Lien and Bond Claims, Legal Seminar, 2012 to Present.
Legal Issues for Texas Civil Engineers, Houston, Civil Engineering Liability, 2007 to Present. Brochure (PDF).
University of Texas Continuing Legal Education Construction Law Conference, Rights and Remedies Involving Inspections Including Third Party Inspections, 2007. Program (PDF)
Construction Expo, Houston, TX, The Do's and Don'ts of Construction Contracts, 2007, and Payment Clauses, 2009.
Texas Product Liability Law for Engineers, Houston, TX, Product Manufacturers’ Liability in a Construction Case, 2007.
Legal Issues in Texas State and Federal Construction Projects, Houston, TX, Contingent Payment Clauses, 2008.
Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure, Houston, TX, Understanding Texas Liability Law, 2008.
Engineering Professional Development, Houston, TX, Engineering Professional Liability & Ethics, 2009.
Legal Issues for Texas Architects and Landscape Architects, Houston, TX, Reviewing Contracts for Design Services, 2009.
Houston Business Journal, Management Training for Engineers Leads to Greater Versatility, 2005.
Construction News, Preserving Electronic Data in Construction Litigation, 2007. Article (PDF)
Construction News, Can You Rely on Your Building Permit?, 2007. Article (PDF)
Construction News, Risks of Construction Loans, 2007. Article (PDF)
Construction News, Indemnity versus Release, 2007. Article (PDF)
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