Michael J. Norton serves as president and general counsel of the Colorado Freedom Institute. Colorado Freedom Institute is a non-profit legal organization dedicated to defending and preserving the religious freedoms of Coloradans and other Americans guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Norton is also an attorney with the Denver law firm Thomas N. Scheffel & Associates, P.C. He has been in the private practice of law for nearly 40 years. While in the private practice of law, Norton served as an Alliance Defending Freedom volunteer allied attorney for more than 14 years. During this time, he logged more than 7,000 hours of pro bono legal work on Alliance Defending Freedom cases. In 2011, Norton joined the staff of Alliance Defending Freedom as senior counsel. Norton was ADF’s lead attorney in safeguarding sanctity of life and in uncovering and prosecuting healthcare frauds by abortion providers. He also represented several for profit and non-profit organizations in obtaining injunctive relief against the Obamacare abortion pill mandate which requires all employers, even those who object on the bases of their sincere religious beliefs, to provide health insurance coverage to their employees of abortifacients and contraceptives.
In 1988, Norton was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as United States Attorney for Colorado. He was reappointed to this office by President George H.W. Bush and served in this position until 1993. As United States Attorney, Norton directed the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal and civil justice priorities in Colorado. Norton also currently serves on the board of directors of Colorado Family Action.
Norton earned his J.D. in 1968 from American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. He is admitted to the bars of Colorado, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He is admitted to federal courts in Colorado, Iowa, Texas, Pennsylvania, and the State of Washington, several United States Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. In 2009, Norton earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary.
Norton is married to Jane E. Norton, who served as Colorado’s 46th Lieutenant Governor from 2003 to 2007. Together, the Nortons currently have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.