Bryan Norton focuses his legal practice on family law, real estate law, estate planning, and employment/labor law. He has extensive experience in handling short-term rental law issues as well as homeowner association concerns. He is also one of the few Idaho attorneys practicing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) law and assisted in drafting the bill amending Idaho’s drone law statute. He is admitted to practice before all Idaho courts, as well as the Federal District Court for the District of Idaho, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Bryan grew up in Southern California, and after high school, enlisted in the United States Army. After his initial training, he tried out for and was part of a small group accepted into the 75th Ranger Regiment, part of the United States Special Operations Command. After four years, Bryan was honorably discharged from the military and became a police officer in Washington State. He served in various capacities in law enforcement, including as a Sergeant supervising a squad of officers, as a Team Leader on the SWAT team, as an accident reconstructionist, and as a drug recognition expert. After sixteen years, he retired from law enforcement and attended the University of Idaho College of Law, graduating in 2015 and earning a place on the Dean’s List each semester.
After law school, Bryan was in private practice for a short time before joining the Boise City Attorney’s Office, where he was one of the legal advisors for the Boise Police Department for seven years. His practice included advising the officers and command staff of BPD on criminal law and criminal procedure issues, acting as the primary legal advisor for the Office of Internal Affairs in employment law, drafting contracts, and advising on family law issues officers encountered in the field. He taught the legal portion of the BPD Basic Law Enforcement Academy and assisted in developing the legal curriculum for Idaho Police Officers for Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training. He also served as the primary legal advisor for the City of Boise on drone law issues. He’s published an article on drone law and has spoken nationally on the subject. Bryan returned to private practice in 2023, joining Borton-Lakey Law & Policy.
Bryan has been married to his wife, Patty, for 28 years and they have five children. Bryan is active in community service with his church and providing pro bono legal work. In 2018, Bryan was recognized as a Leader in Law by the Idaho Business Review.