History of Kirwin Norris
Established in 1997 by Brian P. Kirwin and Bruce A. Norris, Kirwin Norris, P.A. was formed as a boutique firm dedicated solely to representing clients in the construction industry. Brian Kirwin moved to Orlando after graduating from law school in Washington, D.C. in 1990, working for the new office of a DC-based firm that only represented construction industry clients. Bruce Norris, a graduate of the University of Florida’s School of Building Construction, joined the same firm a few years later after completing law school, and the two left with a core group of attorneys and staff to start their own firm in 1997. Since its inception, Kirwin Norris has represented virtually every party involved with the construction process. Although Kirwin Norris’s core clients consist of commercial general contractors as well as large public and private owners and developers, the attorneys at Kirwin Norris have also represented design professionals, sureties and insurance companies, subcontractors, suppliers, and specialty contractors.
When Brian and Bruce started Kirwin Norris, the goal was to not just resolve construction disputes but to prevent others from happening. To that end, Kirwin Norris has worked from its inception to become a part of the project team assisting clients in establishing preventive measures that minimize liability and promote project success. This early involvement includes not just contract drafting and negotiation, but also a review of licensure and insurance concerns, surety and bonding issues, and overall documentation processes so systems are in place to significantly reduce risk. However, when a dispute can’t be avoided, Kirwin Norris has unmatched experience in aggressively and successfully representing its clients at trial.
Over its nearly 25 year history, Kirwin Norris has consistently been recognized as a preeminent construction law firm by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Partners, and U.S. News Best Construction Law Firms, among others. Presently, only .0037% of Florida’s Bar Members are board-certified in construction law and Kirwin Norris boasts 10 such board certified construction lawyers.
Over the years Kirwin Norris has grown and evolved, and clients have continued to entrust their construction legal needs to the Firm. One thing, however, has remained constant: Kirwin Norris’s focus on providing unparalleled full-service representation to the construction industry.