Norman Ankers is a partner and trial and appellate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP who has more than three decades of experience in high stakes litigation before juries, judges, arbitrators, and federal and state and appellate panels, throughout the United States. Norman focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including business torts, shareholder and partnership disputes, and class action defense. He has secured multiple monumental verdicts, and has regularly obtained dismissals of multimillion-dollar claims, protecting those results in the appellate courts.
Norman is actively involved with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is co-chair of the Gabrilowitsch Society.
Norman has been ranked in the 2005 - 2022 Chambers USA lists for litigation.
Norman Ankers has a tremendous reputation in complex commercial disputes for his good litigation sense and business orientation.
— Chambers USA (2016)
He has been peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation (2007, 2010 - 2023), Commercial Litigation (2006, 2010 - 2023), Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (2007, 2010 - 2023) and Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions (2020 - 2023). He was also recognized by Best Lawyers® as Detroit's "Lawyer of the Year" in the field of Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions (2021). He was the 2015 Detroit Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Norman was recognized by Lawdragon 500 (2006) and Lawdragon 3000 (2009 - 2011) as one of the top 500 and top 3000 lawyers in the country.
In addition, Norman has been selected for inclusion in the Michigan Super Lawyers list since 2007 and was recognized as one of the Top 5 Michigan Business Super Lawyers (2013 - 2014), Top 10 Michigan Super Lawyers (2009 - 2011, 2013 - 2015), Top 50 Michigan Business Super Lawyers (2013 - 2015), and Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers (2007 - 2016). He was named to DBusiness magazine’s 2010 - 2013 and 2015 - 2016 list of Top Lawyers.
Norman has been an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School since 2012 and at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School since 2005. His primary academic concentration is in conflict of laws and electronic and class action discovery. He was honored as the “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member” for the 2006 fall term at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.
Norman obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School, with honors, and received his bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan, with honors.
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Norman is admitted to practice in Michigan as well as before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Norman is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. He is a court-appointed facilitator, case evaluator, and discovery mediator. Norman is also a member of the Oakland County Bar Association where he is involved in the Circuit Court Committee and was past chairman of the Professionalism Committee.