Norman Yatooma founded Norman Yatooma & Associates, P.C. in August of 2000, after leaving one of Michigan’s largest law firms, Butzel Long, P.C. In the last decade, Mr. Yatooma catapulted Norman Yatooma & Associates, P.C. to a preeminent and nationally recognized full-service law firm. Mr. Yatooma represents corporate and individual clients on a domestic and international level, personally concentrating his litigation practice in franchise, class action and corporate law.
Mr. Yatooma’s negotiation skills have also been utilized as a certified lobbyist, able to provide both public and private clients with quality, issue-based representation before Congress and the Executive Branch of Government. As a Director of Charities Advocating Responsible Solutions, Inc., he worked with non-profit clients to oppose legislation that would have had a significantly negative effect on charitable giving throughout the country.
Mr. Yatooma has represented hundreds of businesses and individuals throughout the world in both litigation and transactional work. Mr. Yatooma has litigated for or against several Fortune 500 companies and other corporate heavy weights throughout his career.
Mr. Yatooma has been published countless times for his accomplishments. He has been interviewed by 60 Minutes, Fox National News, ABC, CBS, and NBC Affiliates, as well as People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Money Magazine, Fortune Small Business, CNBC Business News, INC. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Associated Press, Newsweek, BE Magazine, Bloomberg News, The Franchise Times, Crain’s Detroit Business, Detroit News, and Detroit Free Press, among many others. Mr. Yatooma was also named one of the top “Forty under Forty” by Crain’s Detroit Business which annually honors 40 people under the age of 40 for their outstanding business achievements in Michigan.
Mr. Yatooma practices in all Michigan trial and appellate courts, as well as before federal courts and arbitration panels across the United States. He has been admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan, as well as before the federal courts of Florida, California, Utah, and Louisiana, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, and before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Yatooma is an active member of the Litigation, Franchise Law, Business Law, and Real Estate Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Yatooma is also a former Co-Chairman of the National Business Advisory Council.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Mr. Yatooma has continued to maintain his standing in the community through his involvement in many charitable organizations, including his role as Founder and President of Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids founded in the name and memory of his late father. The foundation was founded in honor and loving memory of Manuel S. Yatooma who was murdered in the City of Detroit in 1993. Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids Mission operates under the mission statement of bringing tenderness to tragedy and turning tragedy into triumph for kids who have lost a parent. It was an incredible accomplishment for Yatooma to take something as horrific as his father’s murder and see it manifested into a multi-faceted charity that provides a full gamut of services from paying rent and other bills for the family to providing grief counselors – all at no cost to the recipients.
Mr. Yatooma also serves as Chairman and President of Charity Motors, Inc., Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association, Advisory Board Member of the Anti-Defamation League, Advisory Board Member of Oak Park Business and Education Alliance, Board Member of the Band of Angels, and Council Member of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Advisory Council. Additionally, Mr. Yatooma conducts regular public speaking engagements for various community groups, has served as a program participant on Citadel’s 760 AM radio station WJR’s “Call For Action,” and as a guest speaker/lecturer for multiple not for profit organizations.
Mr. Yatooma graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and minors in Communications and English Writing from Taylor University, where he received the United States Achievement Academy’s All-American Scholar and National Collegiate Student Government Awards, among several others. Above all his accomplishments and awards, Norman states that his greatest accomplishment is being a loving husband to his wife Nicole, his sweetheart since elementary school, and proud father of four, Olivia, Gabriella, Sophia, and Ava. When asked to name the accomplishment of which he is proudest, he replies “Having four daughters and having them all look like my wife.”