Norman Pine’s practice is focused on appellate law and civil appeals throughout California, where he is recognized as a Certified Appellate Law Specialist by the State Bar of California. In 1994 he co-founded PINE & PINE with his law partner (and wife) Beverly. Since then he has has been privileged to work with some of the top plaintiffs’ attorneys in California in defending their judgments. In 2016, he co-founded Pine Tillett Pine LLP. Over his career, Mr. Pine has handled a wide spectrum of civil appeals, including employment, personal injury, entertainment, business litigation, and land use. He has helped shape California law by serving as counsel or co-counsel in a large number of cases that resulted in significant published decisions.
Mr. Pine has received repeated recognition as one of California’s top appellate specialists. In 2021, The Daily Journal named him one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in California." He was one of only three appellate lawyers to be so recognized.
This excellence in appellate law has been consistently recognized for decades. He has been endorsed as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the Appellate Law category since the very inception of the Southern California Super Lawyer ranking in 2004. In 2009 and each year following, he has received special recognition, being chosen as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys” in Southern California by Super Lawyers. Along with his partner, Scott Tillett, Mr. Pine was a recipient of the Daily Journal's 2020 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award for his work on the landmark wrongful death civil rights action, B.B. v. County of Los Angeles (2020) 10 Cal.5th 1.
Other honors include the Joe Posner Award in recognition of continuous dedication and protection of employee rights (2008, California Employment Lawyers Association, co-winner with Beverly Pine); Presidential Award of Merit for "his tireless efforts on SB 383 to craft a solution to demurrer abuse" (2015, Consumer Attorneys of California); Appellate Lawyer of the Year Award (2003, Consumer Attorneys Association of California); Daily Journal “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers” list (2009, 2011–2021); AV-Rated (Martindale-Hubbell); The Best Lawyers in America List (2012–present); and a nomination for the Consumer Attorneys of California's "Street Fighter of the Year Award" (2015).
Mr. Pine was trained as a mediator by the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal and frequently serves as a court-appointed Voluntary Settlement Officer for that court. Additionally, he has served on the Appellate Court Liaison Subcommittee which interfaces with justices from each division of the Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. Mr. Pine is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), where he serves as Associate Editor of The Advocate, supervising the annual “Employment Law” issue. He has written articles and spoken on a variety of appellate topics, as well as summary judgment motions and punitive damages, at the annual conventions of the National Association of Employment Attorneys (NELA), CAALA, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), and the Continuing Education of the Bar of the State of California (CEB). He has also had the pleasure of serving with California appellate justices as a justice in the Roger Traynor Moot Court Competition.
Mr. Pine graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1971 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1975, where he served as Note and Comment Editor of the California Law Review. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1975. Other court admissions include United States Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, Central and Eastern Districts of California and District of Arizona.