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Founding Partner and Lead Litigation Attorney
For over a quarter of a century, former deputy prosecutor Doug Norwood has devoted his legal career to defending the people of Northwest Arkansas against criminal charges. He started his firm as a solo attorney that did all kinds of legal cases. Doug quickly decided that DWI / DUI and criminal defense were the only kinds of cases he wanted to handle. He chose not to do bankruptcies, divorces, personal injury cases, etc. Over the last 25 plus years, he has hand-picked a team of top litigation attorneys who he leads. Mr. Norwood and his team have defended more than 25,000 criminal cases, including more than 8,000 DWI / DUI cases.
For five consecutive years, Mr. Norwood has been nominated and voted by his peers as a “SuperLawyer” for the Mid-South Region. In addition, on two occasions, he has been named by the Arkansas Times, as one of the “Best Criminal Law/DWI Lawyers in Arkansas.” Doug also was named the “Champion of Justice” by the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has been the recipient of the Arkansas Bar Association’s “Lawyer Community Legacy Award.” Mr. Norwood has also received the coveted Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rating, which sets him apart as one of the Preeminent Lawyers in his field of criminal defense and DWI / DUI law. In addition, he maintains the highest ranking an attorney can achieve on www.AVVO.com, one of the leading lawyer referral sites in the country. He also was one of the founding members in establishing the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has served as the President of that association. Doug is one of the few attorneys in Northwest Arkansas who is certified to administer the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Field Sobriety Tests. He has also had training on the Intoximeter EC/IR II. This is the blood alcohol content (BAC) testing device required for all police agencies in Arkansas.
Not only is Mr. Norwood an accomplished trial lawyer, he also is a dedicated researcher in the area of criminal and DWI / DUI defense. His tries to read every DWI / DUI and criminal case in the country. He is well known by his peers as being one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the area of DWI/ DUI and criminal defense law and is often asked to speak to and teach other lawyers. Currently, Mr. Norwood is in the process of researching, writing and publishing four casebooks on the subjects of prosecutorial misconduct, reversible error, construction possession, and DWI / DUI case law.
Mr. Norwood has successfully argued many cases before the Arkansas Supreme Court, impacting current law in Arkansas. He has also successfully argued cases at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Missouri. Despite his accomplishments and level of expertise, Mr. Norwood does not confine his legal practice to only to high-profile cases, and wealthy clients. From the day he opened the doors to his own practice in 1988, he has made it his mission to try to make available the highest level of criminal defense for anyone in Northwest Arkansas who has been charged with a crime, regardless of the depths of their pockets. Mr. Norwood firmly believes that everyone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty, and entitled to the best legal defense possible. For that reason, he offers a free, first visit to discuss your case with absolutely no obligation to hire his firm, and reasonable fees with payment plans available. Norwood & Norwood has either won or negotiated dismissals for many thousands of charges for their clients and most of their clients NEVER GO TO JAIL. His DWI / DUI and criminal defense team has proven many thousands of times that, just becuase you have been charged with a crime, doesn’t mean you will be convicted of that crime!
Mr. Norwood originally hails from North Florida, where he attended Florida State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology. He moved to Fayetteville in the early 1980s to attend the University of Arkansas, where he received his law degree. He worked as a deputy prosecutor upon graduation from law school and then in 1988, he opened his own DWI / DUI and criminal defense law practice. His wife, Cathy, joined him as a law partner in 1995.
- Former Deputy Prosecuter
- Defended over 25,000 cases
- Defended over 8,000 DWIs
- Serving NWA since 1988
- Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated