Stephen G. Norten, Esq.

Stephen NortenMr. Norten concentrates on employment law, education law, intellectual property (copyright and trademarks, as well as litigation in these areas), and general trial work.

Attorney Norten was formerly a principal and a senior trial lawyer with the Burlington firm of Paul Frank + Collins P.C., where his practice consisted of general trial work, with a focus on intellectual property - including copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation - employment litigation, psychiatric and psychological malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, and commercial litigation. He brings expertise on these areas to his practice with Grant Norten.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Norten worked on various aspects of psychiatric research at the University of Iowa and Dartmouth College Medical Schools, including the development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), and he has two publications in the psychiatric literature.

Professional History

Prior Experience:

  • Senior Trial Partner, Paul Frank + Collins P.C.
  • Chief Judicial Clerk, Vermont Supreme Court, 1987-1990
  • Judicial Clerk, Vermont Supreme Court, 1986-1987


  • University of Texas, B.A. (with honors, special honors in psychology)
  • University of Iowa, M.A.
  • Vermont Law School, J.D. (magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Vermont
  • State of Texas
  • United States District Court for the District of Vermont
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Organizations:

  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section, Litigation Section)
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas (Intellectual Property and Labor & Employment Sections)

Community Involvement:

  • Trustee, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, Vermont
  • Director, Green Mountain Audubon Society


  • The Proposed License Suspension Procedures in Vermont:
    • How Much Process are Drunken Drivers Due? 11 Vermont Law Review 75 (1986)
  • "Automatic Standing Under the Vermont Constitution," 10 Vermont Law Review 459 (1985)

Honors and Recognitions:

  • National Merit Scholar
  • Vermont Law School Scholar
  • Vermont Law Review, Note Editor