Bill Norman, Attorney At Law

Attorney Profile

William Norman (“Bill”) is an experienced transactional lawyer, focusing his practice on privately held companies in three distinct, but interrelated areas of their development:

Start-up/Emerging businesses:  Bill advises companies on developing, documenting and implementing business processes, systems and strategies designed to successfully maneuver the company from infancy to maturity.

Mr. William Norman

Middle Market Companies: Strategizing, creating, negotiating and documenting complex business arrangements vital to the continued growth and prosperity of the company. Reexamining, refining, and when necessary, re-thinking the company’s internal and external documentation, so as to assure continued growth and profitability, while positioning the company for its sale. Bill is often engaged to provide strategic counsel to the board of directors and executive officers of portfolio companies.

Generational Transitions/Sales to Third Parties:  In connection with exit planning, Bill has facilitated, negotiated and documented a number of transitional changes in ownership through third-party purchases, including family transfers to the next generation. In addition, he has handled transactions in a variety of industries, including distribution, manufacturing, intellectual properties, internet and service businesses.

Because his practice concentrates on advising companies through their various life cycles, he has an integrated and intimate understanding of matters that are critical to each. During his more than 40 years as a practitioner, he has owned and operated a number of privately held businesses, including serving as one of the key founders and managing partners of a 30-person business law firm.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Boston, Massachusetts, January 2012 – January 2014
  • McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Woburn, Massachusetts, 2009 – December 2011
  • Colucci Norman, 2007 – 2009
  • Metaxas, Norman & Pidgeon, 1980 – 2007
  • Tax Specialist, Coopers & Lybrand, 1975 – 1980

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Associated Corporate Growth (ACG)
  • Innovative Equity Solutions (IES)
  • Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE)
  • International Business Brokers Association
  • Committee Member, Curriculum Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and guest speaker
  • Exit Planning Exchange (XPX)
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Guest speaker for the Small Business Development Center and has appeared on several radio programs as a guest
  • Massachusetts Bar Association


  • Recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine in business and corporate law, 2006 – Present
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Top Attorneys in Massachusetts” listing
  • Listed in “Top Attorneys in New England” by the American Registry, 2010
  • Recognized in the Princeton Premier Business Leaders and Professional Honors Edition, 2008 – 2009
  • Rated as “very good” by

These are just a few of the business-legal services Mr. Norman provides