Zachary D. Norris (In Memoriam) Founding Partner [September 06, 1976 – October 24 2021]

In Memoriam
Zachary Daniel Norris, BA(Hons), JD, LLM(Hons)
(September 6, 1976 – October 24, 2021)

Zach was a co-founding partner of Norris Echetebu Law. Zach was a successful litigator and business lawyer. He was passionate about the law and this passion came through in his zealous representation of his beloved clients. In co-founding NEL in New Zealand, Zach’s commitment to helping Kiwi and Australian clients succeed in the United States was trailblazing, inspirational, and extraordinary.

Prior to co-founding the firm with his wife, Ada Echetebu, Zach was a successful civil litigator in Texas and in the US Federal District Courts. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors at Texas Tech University, received a Doctor of Jurisprudence at University of Texas School of Law, and was admitted to The State of Texas, USA bar in 2002. After relocating to New Zealand he went on to complete his Master of Laws with Honors in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution at the University of Auckland.

Outside of his work, Zach was a dedicated family man, a beloved friend and mentor to many around the world, an accomplished pianist and guitar player who also loved the outdoors -which is one of the many reasons he chose to make New Zealand home. His untimely passing from terminal brain cancer leaves a hole in the hearts of the NEL team, his clients, and all who loved him. In our continued commitment to excellence in our client representation, his legacy will live on.

If you would like to make a donation in Zach’s name to support brain cancer research and/or the families impacted by its devastating effects, please contact the firm at To learn more about brain cancer please visit