Danyahel (Danny) Norris was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Randolph and Stephanie Norris. At the age 11, his father's job relocated him from Chicago to Fort Worth, and as a result the family moved to Arlington, Texas.
Upon graduation from high school, Danny moved to Houston, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. After graduation, he spent much of the next year teaching math at the high school and middle school level. After which, he enrolled at Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, and recieved his Juris Doctor degree, and became a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Danny later received a Masters of Library Science from the University of North Texas, and is the Associate Director of the Law Library and an Instructor of Legal Research at Thurgood Marshall School of Law on the campus of Texas Southern University.
He is a husband of more than a decade, and a father of two beautiful children, ages 10 and 7.
Even though Danny has obtained a variety of degrees, his commitment to education has remained constant.
From his time as a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar, where he tutored fellow college students at the University of Houston, to his job as a teacher and tutor for math students after he graduated from undergrad, to his current role as an Associate Director and Instructor of Law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law on the campus of Texas Southern University, Danny has continued to focus on the education of those around him.
Danny has had the opportunity to watch his former students grow into excellent lawyers, business owners, politicians, and a variety of other upstanding members of the community.
Danny has had the theme of education and community impact for the majority of his life. From his participation in his first protest at the age of 9 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago for the release of Nelson Mandela, to his various activities as a college student, to his current role working as a law school administrator and community leader, Danny has been continually engaged as advocate through an education.
Danny is a past president of both the Houston Lawyers Association and the African American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Danny has published several articles, on a variety of topics, including discrimination, politics, and a variety of other topics, both domestic, as well as international. Notably, Danny and his 2010 law review article discussing gentrification in Houston's 3rd Ward was featured in the Houston Press in July 2011.
Danny is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., as well as a 2015 Fellow of the New Leaders Council.
Danny has been licensed to practice law in Texas for more than 10 years and has been licensed to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office for almost 10 years. He primarily practices Intellectual Property law, which involves patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights.
His law firm, Norris & Norris, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, is a partnership with his partner in life, his wife Davida Green-Norris. The law firm started as D. Green & Associates in 2005, after Davida was first licensed, and Danny served as her law clerk throughout his time in law school. In 2007, when Danny and Davida were married, and Danny became licensed to practice law in Texas, the firm became Norris & Norris, Attorneys and Counselors at Law.
Over the years, Norris & Norris, has helped a variety of people and small businesses achieve their dreams, and move to the next level.
2016 Dr. Marguerite Ross Barnett Distinguished Alumni Award, UH African American Studies Program
2015 Chairman’s Award, National Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Law Section
2014 40 Under 40 Lawyers to Watch, I10Media
2014 Top Lawyer, Houstonia
2011 Faculty Advisor Appreciation Award, Texas Southern University