William K. Norton

Baker Donelson Center
Suite 800
211 Commerce Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
T: 615.726.7358
F: 615.744.7358

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Will Norton is an associate in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson. He is a member of the Corporate Finance & Securities, Business Technology and Emerging Company Groups.

Will has advised many early-stage, high-growth companies with formation, fundraising, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and other general business planning and technology issues. He has particular experience with electronic contracting and software licensing and development. He has assisted a number of companies in developing policies related to the domestic and international use of electronic signatures and electronic contracts. He has also advised companies of all sizes on technology development, licensing and procurement issues.

Will graduated from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in mathematics and computer science. During law school, Will focused on Internet issues and cyberlaw, graduating with a concentration in space and telecommunications law. He participated in internships at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt and the Federal Communications Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau in Washington, DC. 


Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker – "Due Diligence Showstoppers," Southeastern Regional Capital Connections, May 2014
  • Speaker – "Technology and the Law," Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, March 2013
  • Speaker – "Negotiating Venture Capital and Angel Investment Term Sheets," Birmingham Innovation Depot, February 2013
  • Guest Lecturer – "Common Mistakes and Misperceptions in Intellectual Property Law," Ole Miss Media Law, October 2012
  • Speaker – "Risk Management/Professional Consultant Panel," TennesSeed Camp, Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Center July 2012, September 2012, November 2012
  • Guest – "Boston Style Bluegrass: Phones, drones, privacy for royals and more," This Week in Law, September 21, 2012
  • Speaker – "Technology Law: Electronic Contracting, Unconscionability and the Future of Privacy," Continuing Legal Education seminar sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, September 2011
  • Speaker – "Electronic Contracts: Best Practices and Legal Implications," Continuing Legal Education seminar sponsored by Lorman Education Services, May 2012, November 2011, May 2011
  • Guest Lecturer – "Electronic Contracting and Technology Law," University of Tennessee College of Law, Science & Technology, October 2010
  • Speaker – "Electronic Contracting: Lessons Learned from Google, eBay, Facebook and E-mail," Continuing Legal Education seminar sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, October 2010

Professional Honors & Activities 

  • Coordinator – Homeless Experience Legal Protection Pro Bono Clinic
  • Board Member – ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
  • Board Member – University of Nebraska-Lincoln Men's A Cappella Alumni Association
  • Member – City Church of East Nashville
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member – Nashville Bar Association


  • Tennessee, 2009 


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 2009, with distinction
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.S., 2006, with honors and distinction