Norman Blumenthal


Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

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La Jolla




Norman was born in Washington, D.C. on January 31, 1948. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1970 and then proceeded to earn his J.D. from the Loyola University of Chicago in 1973. He was admitted to the Bar in Illinois in 1973 and in California in 1976.

In 1973 and until 1975, Norman was a Law Clerk for Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. Moran, while serving on the Illinois Court of Appeals. He has been an instructor of Oil and Gas Law at the California Western School of Law in 1981 and the University of San Diego School of Law in 1983. Norman served as President and Chairman of the Board of the San Diego Petroleum Club Inc. in 1985 to1986. In addition, he held the position of the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for the Brumark Corporation from 1980 to 1987.

One of California’s Most Experienced Class Action Attorneys
Norman is a California class action pioneer. For over two decades, he has been representing employees and consumers in California in class action lawsuits for the purpose of handling the next great case to champion justice in a world where business at the extremes takes unfair advantage of employees and consumers. In total, Norman has obtained over $1.3 Billion on behalf of employees and consumers. More importantly, he has ushered in good public policy for the benefit of all Californians everywhere.

As a result of Jordan v. Cal. DMV, on June 8, 2000, the California Governor signed two bills passed by the Legislature, which found and declared that approximately 1,700,000 vehicle owners paid a an unconstitutional smog impact fee imposed by California on out of state vehicles. This amounted to a $500 million in unconstitutional smog impact fees imposed on drivers. After interest, Norman helped settle this case for over $650 million dollars. Norman enabled over 1.7 million people get refunds for a smog impact fee that was unconstitutional.