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Samuel P. Norton

Jeffrey A. Norton Jeffrey A. Norton, a native Californian born in Los Angeles, attended Beverly Hills High School and graduated from the Winchendon Preparatory School, Massachusetts.

At the University of Southern California, Mr. Norton earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Marshall School of Business, with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting. Thereafter, he attended the University of San Francisco School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree.

Along with his late father, Samuel P. Norton, Mr. Norton founded the firm of Norton & Norton in Los Angeles, California, initially concentrating in general business, corporate, construction, and entertainment law matters. Jeff Norton's business representation included his acting as outside general counsel and Corporate Secretary for several public corporate clients. He has extensive experience in representing publicly held manufacturing and service businesses and a broad variety of privately held businesses, ranging from restaurants to medical device manufacturers to art dealers, in both transactional and litigation matters.

Mr. Norton was Senior Legal Counsel to Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE) and Vice-President, General Counsel & Secretary of TransTechnology Corporation (NYSE), where he provided a broad range of general and international corporate and business law and operational advice and counsel, including in such areas as commercial and sales law, domestic and foreign tax planning, trademark, copyright, patent, corporate identity, domestic and foreign financing, domestic and foreign manufacturing, distribution and sales representative agreements, antitrust counseling, insurance coverage issues, purchasing/leasing of real and personal property, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and various matters and filings under the 1933 and 1934 Securities Acts.

As Vice President & General Counsel of American Vanguard Corporation (AMEX), in addtion to performing the typical duties of such office, Mr. Norton controlled and coordinated complex environmental litigation (which included insurance coverage issues covering decades of policies) for this California based manufacturer, formulator and international distributor of chemicals for crop, human, and animal protection.

Mr. Norton was elected Chairman, and served as a member for twelve terms, of the Executive Committee of the Corporate Law Departments Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, served two terms as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Institute of Corporate Counsel, and has past or current memberships in the Century City, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, San Fernando Valley and American Bar Associations. He was appointed by the California State Bar as a Special Master and is admitted to practice before all of the courts in the State of California, the United States District Courts in California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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