Rick J. Norman

Rick heads the Norman Business Law Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has long been at the forefront of arbitration in Louisiana. His most recent legal treatise on business law, Louisiana Corporations (Thompson/West 2006) has a chapter devoted to arbitration. His legal treatise on employment law, Employment Law (Thompson/West 2006) includes several sections devoted to employment arbitration. He has lectured at the Law Institute on arbitration. Rick was formerly Civil Division chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and City Attorney for the City of Lake Charles. He was formerly on the AAA Panel of Arbitrators and for many years he was chairman of an ethics panel for the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

  • Experienced mediator and arbitrator
  • Formerly on panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association
  • Former Chairman of Ethics Panel for the Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Association of Professional Arbitrators and Mediators Panelist

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training

AAA Mediator Training

Professional Licenses

All Louisiana Courts; All Colorado Courts; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal; U.S. Tax Court

Memberships, Honors, Professional Associations

  • #Phi Beta Kappa
  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and adherence to professional standards of ethics


Louisiana State University (BA – 1977; JD – 1979)


Office located in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Areas of Concentration

Business Disputes, Corporate Disputes, Commercial Disputes, Contract (other than consumer, construction, and employment), Health Care, Securities Law, Construction Disputes

CLE and Teaching

Business Law Instructor, McNeese State University


  • Employment Law, Thompson/West Publishing Co., 2005. (One volume treatise, 887 pages, updated annually)
  • Louisiana Corporations, Thompson/West Publishing Co., 2006 (two volume treatise, 1643 pages, updated annually).
  • Louisiana Corporations, Lawyer’s Cooperative Publishing, 1983 (two volume treatise – out of print).
  • Introduction of Evidence Over Parol Evidence Rule Objection, 36 Am. Jur. Proof of Facts 331.
  • Employment Contracts: A Checklist for the Draftsman, 31 La. Bar. J. 12
  • Fielder’s Choice, August House, 1991.
  • Cross Body Block, Colonial Press, 1995.
  • Bat Day, Booksurge, 2006.