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Norm Kent

Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal Defense Law Center of South Florida
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Attorney Biography

As a partner at the Criminal Defense Law Center of South Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Norm Kent's practice focuses primarily on criminal defense including marijuana and drug trafficking cases.

His practice is also known for its vigorous defense of the constitutional and first amendment rights of its notable clients, which include radio stations, newspapers, and prominent talk show hosts.His law office partner is Russell L. Cormican. The firm is located in the Legacy Bank Building, across from the Broward County Courthouse, at 12 SE 7 Street in Fort Lauderdale, FL.


Norm Kent completed his undergraduate degree at Hofstra University in 1972, before graduating from the Hofstra School of Law in 1975.

Criminal Defense

Norm Kent has served as President of the Broward County Criminal Defense Attorney's Association, and as a member of the National Association for Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL).

He has appeared on CNN's Crossfire, NBC's Dateline, and Court TV as a legal commentator. He has also served as Editor in Chief of the Barrister, the Broward County Bar Association Journal, and Editor in Chief of Defense, a newsletter for criminal defense lawyers.


As a college senior in 1971, Norm Kent first joined NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He first served on the NORML Board of Directors from 1992 until 1994. He rejoined the board of directors in 1998 where he continues to serve. He currently serves as the Chair of the organization.

Over the last twenty years as a member of the NORML Legal Committee he has lectured at legal seminars, conferences and other events on marijuana law and policy issues.

Norm Kent pioneered the medical necessity defense in criminal cases including the defense of Elvy Mussika. Over the last 30 years, Norm Kent has represented patients and growers throughout the State of Florida.


Norm has authored 'The Pot Warriors Manifesto.' He contributes marijuana advocacy columns to Counterpunch.org. He is the publisher of The South Florida Gay News, the largest weekly LGBT newspaper in the State of Florida.

Practice Areas

Marijuana Law (40%)
Criminal Defense (20%)
Drug Crimes (20%)
Civil Rights (20%)

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Résumé - Norm Kent

Bar Licenses

Florida State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Work Experience

Criminal Defense Law Center of South Florida
Chairman, Board of Directors, NORML

Law Offices of Norm Kent, P.A.

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Hofstra School of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Hofstra University School of Law

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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Life Member
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Life Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Past President
Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

First Amendment Lawyers Association

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Awards & Honors

NORML Legal Committee
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Al Horn Memorial Award
NORML Legal Committee

ACLU Legal Achievement Award
American Civil Liberties Union

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Recognized for Community Leadership
Lawyer Legion

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Norm Kent
Criminal Defense Law Center of South Florida
12 Southeast 7th Street Suite 709
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Office: 954-763-1900
Mobile: 954-661-3361
Fax: 954-763-4792

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Bar License Information

Membership with The Florida Bar -

Norm Kent - Membership information with The Florida Bar - Find more information about Norm Kent on The Florida Bar website including the attorney's bar license status, eligibility status and ten year discipline history, if any. Check the Florida bar website to make sure the attorney is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar and currently licensed to practice law in Florida.

Nonprofit Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

Founded in 1988, FACDL promotes excellence in the practice of criminal law while protecting the rights of the accused. Many of the top criminal defense attorneys in the State of Florida are active in this trusted organization. FACDL unites and educates attorneys in the criminal justice system in Florida.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NLC -

More than 350 criminal defense attorneys belong to the NORML National Legal Committee (NLC). Members of the NORML NLC include many prominent criminal defense lawyers who are dedicated to ending prohibition of marijuana through education, legal reform and activism. Attorneys focused on other practice areas also belong to the organization.

NLC members are listed on the NORML website, are eligible for the NLC e-mail discussion group, receive the weekly email press release, and NORML News.