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Michael Norton concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, municipal bonds, corporate, securities, regulatory and state and local tax.
Additionally, Michael has extensive experience in the law as it applies to art and specifically the legal issues which arise from the deaccessioning of art by non-profit colleges and universities that intend to use the proceeds to support their general operations. As a result of this expertise, he has spoken at a number of seminars related to this topic. He has taught a legal seminar entitled “The Deaccession of Art Works from Museum Collections: Raising Funds, Donor Restrictions and the Public Interest.” He was also a speaker at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University on the same subject, at a conference of the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries. He also spoke and participated in a panel discussion on the issue of museum deaccessioning sponsored by the Columbia University Law School.
Michael was the legal counsel to the Tennessee Commissioner of Revenue from 1975 to 1978. While there, he served as staff counsel to the tax study committees of the Tennessee General Assembly, which re-wrote Tennessee’s inheritance and corporate income tax laws.
Michael and his wife, Susan, a licensed clinical social worker, have four grown children and five grandchildren.
In addition to spending time with his family, Michael has a particular interest in Nashville history. Two of his essays on that subject — one about Teddy Roosevelt’s trip to Nashville in 1907 and the other about Georgia O’Keefe’s gift of the Stieglitz Art Collection to Fisk University in 1949 — have been published in a book of essays from the Nashville Historical Newsletter.
Michael’s interest in Nashville history has also fueled a hobby of collecting vintage Nashville postcards. He has the largest existing collection, with more than 4,500 unique postcards, all of which have been indexed and digitized. He has donated a large number of vintage postcards to the Nashville Public Library, and these postcards are now located in Special Collections and identified as the Norton Postcard Collection.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys creating collage art works, primarily using postage stamps. This unusual type of art has won him several awards. In 2009, one of his works was named a Best in Show at the Cultural Arts Competition at the Tennessee State Fair. In 2010, two of his artworks were selected, from more than 600 entries, to be among 50 artworks exhibited at the Northwest Art Center in Minot, N.D., as part of the annual Americas Paperworks Competition. Also in 2010, one of his art works won another first place in the open art competition at the Tennessee State Fair. Michael has also been selected for a solo exhibition of his works at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, in 2013.
- Administrative Law
- Banking and Financial Services
- Business and Corporate Law
- Entrepreneurial and Emerging Business Law
- Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1974
- University of Tennessee, B.A., summa cum laude, 1970
- Tennessee, 1974
- AV© Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
- Best Lawyers in America
- Nashville Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- American Bar Association