Norma Brenne Henning, J.D. has been a practicing Florida attorney since 1996 concentrating on providing comprehensive legal services to foreign clients. Find Norma Henning on LinkedIn.
An immigrant herself, Ms. Henning focuses her practice on assisting employers in strategic planning of U.S. commercial ventures or personal objectives to meet the requirements of U.S. immigration law. Her particular experience has been in the area of business investor and intra-company transfer visas for executive or specialized knowledge and technical employees, visas for outstanding artists and business people as well as family immigration.
Due to her proficiency in the German language and knowledge of her clients’ cultural backgrounds, she often acts as general counsel to foreign clients with complex legal issues and co-counsels with specialists in other practice areas as needed, such as taxation and litigation, products liability and employment law.
Born and raised in Germany, Ms. Henning started her professional life as the coordinator of the German-American friendship club KONTAKT at the U.S. Army Community Public Affairs Office in Ansbach, Germany. She was certified as Foreign Language Economic Correspondent (Fremdsprachliche Wirtschaftskorrespondentin, IHK Nuremberg) in 1984 and moved to the United States in 1986. From 1988 to 1990, she lived in South Korea where she taught English and German to Korean university students.
Ms. Henning graduated from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama, Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Public Relations as the Distinguished Journalism Graduate in 1993. In 1996, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida, College of Law where she also received Book Awards for outstanding scholarship in Constitutional Law and Trial Advocacy. In addition to various continued professional education programs, she is also a graduate of the 63rd InfoDVag (Leadership Academy for Civilian Leadership Personnel of the German Naval Academy) in Mürwik and a recipient of the Silver Cross of Honor (Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Silber) of the German armed forces because of her support of the German Liaison Team at the United States Central Command in Tampa.
In 2003, she was appointed by the German State Department (Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany) as the Honorary Consul of Germany for Southwest Florida. She is also a founding leadership committee member and serves as the Chairman of the Membership and Events Committee of the Florida Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States located in Tampa Bay.
She moved to Naples, Florida, in 1996 and opened the Henning Law Firm in 2006. She is the proud mother of two great human beings, born in 1986 and 1988.