Ms. Norris-Weeks is an attorney, business woman and community leader. She attended the University of South Florida where she received her undergraduate degree in 1988. In 1991, she received her Juris Doctorate degree from the Florida State University College of Law. She is the principal of the Fort Lauderdale based civil and governmental law firm Burnadette Norris-Weeks, P.A..
Ms. Weeks has practiced law for more than twenty years. Since graduating from law school, she has held impressive positions in law and government. She worked as an Associate for the long-established Tallahassee Governmental and Civil Litigation firm, Knowles & Randolph, P.A. In that capacity, she represented several of the firm’s governmental clients, while also successfully handling Plaintiff’s personal injury litigation resulting in large jury verdict awards for the firm’s clients.
She has worked as a Staff Director and a Staff Legal Counsel for the Florida House of Representatives. She also served as a Senior Civil Litigation Attorney for the Attorney General’s Office and in-house counsel for an insurance company. In 1999, Norris-Weeks started her law firm in offices located across from the Broward County Courthouse and another in Rockledge, Florida. Later, she purchased and renovated two buildings located at 401 and 405, Avenue of the Arts in Northwest Fort Lauderdale -- which now house her law office and a flexible office space business, Avenue Executive.
Burnadette Norris-Weeks, P.A. serves as counsel to various corporations. The firm also serves as the General Counsel to Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, Broward County Supervisor of Elections; is the City Attorney for the City of West Park and serves as special counsel to various Florida municipalities and other governmental entities. Ms. Norris-Weeks is actively involved in the South Florida community. She serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity; the Board of Directors for the Midtown Business Association and is the President of the River Garden Sweeting Estates Homeowners Association. She is a former member of the Broward County Charter Review Committee; served two terms on the Broward County Management and Efficiency Study Commission, where she was the Procurement Subcommittee Chair. She is an active member of the North Broward County Chapter of the Links, Inc.; and is the Legal Advisor to the Broward County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Ms. Norris-Weeks is a graduate and former Board Member of Leadership Broward (Class XIX) and a graduate of Leadership Florida (Class XXXI). Burnadette’s extensive voluntary bar involvement has earned her the Above and Beyond Award from the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation; the 2011 Achievement Award from the T.J. Reddick Bar Association and the Urban League’s 2011 Margaret Roach Humanitarian Award. She has been recognized by Legacy Magazine as being one of South Florida’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business. She was honored in 2012 by the National Trumpet Awards Foundation for community leadership and is a 2013 honoree of the Leadership Broward Foundation.
Burnadette currently serves as a member on the Florida Bar Association’s Client Security Trust Fund Committee and is the south regional Chair of the Florida Bar’s first Leadership Academy. She is a past National Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Litigation, Minority Trial Lawyer Committee; a former Chair of the
ABA’s Young Lawyer Leadership Team and a Past President of the Tallahassee Barristers Association.
She is admitted to practice law before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
She is married to Aaron Weeks and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun