Thomas J. Norby

Thomas J. Norby,


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Tom Norby is an attorney with Brownson Norby, PLLC. Tom is engaged in civil litigation and regulatory practice, with representation of manufacturers and distributors in complex tort, business and compliance matters involving:

Tom has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®.* He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Minnesota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous other states, and has practiced before federal regulatory agencies.

Following law school, Tom was a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Forsberg of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and a senior law clerk to the Honorable Randolph W. Peterson of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Tom was a partner and an owner of the former Murnane Brandt firm with over 23 years of experience before joining Brownson Norby, PLLC.

Tom is never too busy to pick up the phone when you call.  Tom measures his professional success by the level of your satisfaction.

*AV® is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Regulatory Compliance and Disputes

Tom represents business owners as well as product manufacturers, distributors and retailers in state and federal regulatory matters.  Tom works with companies on an ongoing basis to create value and competitive advantage by tracking and coordinating compliance efforts in many areas including tobacco products, herbal supplements and work-place safety.  Tom has successfully advocated company and industry positions in disputes concerning labelling, packaging, sales and premarket approval with various state and federal agencies such as FDA, DEA and OSHA.

Civil Litigation and Management

Tom has successfully litigated and managed thousands of personal injury claims against local and national businesses across the United States for over 20 years.  Tom has prosecuted and defended commercial claims for breach of contract, insurance coverage and consumer fraud.  Tom has designed and managed cost effective custom information systems to track claims, discovery and litigation in complex litigation.

Toxic Tort and Exposure

Tom represents businesses and bankruptcy trusts nationwide in toxic injury cases arising from exposure to asbestos, silica and industrial noise, as well as claims arising from the use or consumption of tobacco products and herbal supplements.  Tom provides direct representation in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, and Tom is connected to trusted lawyers from Hawaii to Maine who provide managed, coordinated representation at local levels as needed.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota (1987)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (1989)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin (1996)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (1998)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2009)
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (1993)
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals (2012)


  • B.A., St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (1983)
  • J.D., cum laude, Hamline University School of Law (1987)

Honors & Awards

*AV® is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.


  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA)

Representative Cases

  • In the Matter of FDA Detention Order 1130 (2015).
  • In Re: Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (MDL 875) (E.D. Pa).
  • In re Ephedra Product Liability Litigation 314 F.Supp.2d 1373 (J. P. N. L. 2004).
  • NVE Inc. v. Dept. of Health & Human Servs., 436 F.3d 182, 186 (3d Cir.2006).
  • Tuttle v. Lorillard Tobacco Co., 377 F.3d 917 (8th Cir. 2004).
  • Nicotine Exposure Warnings and Child-Resistant Packaging for Liquid Nicotine, Nicotine-Containing E-Liquid(s), and Other Tobacco Products. Docket No. FDA-2015-N-1514, RIN 0910-AH24 (2015).
  • Indiana E-Liquid Statute and Regulations – (compliance).
  • California Proposition 65 – (product warnings).
  • California Attorney General - (age verification).
  • New York Attorney General - (child safety packaging)

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