Norman D. Shutler, founder and chief executive, dies at 76

February 6
Norman D. Shutler
founder, chief executive

Norman D. Shutler, founder and chief executive of what is now TechLaw Holdings, a nationwide consulting firm that offers litigation support for law firms and environmental consulting services, died Jan. 25 at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Va. He was 76 and a resident of Middleburg, Va.

The cause was cardiac arrest, said a friend and co-worker, Bob Derocher.

In 1983, Dr. Shutler began the Chantilly-based firm, which primarily serves the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense. He was president and chief executive from 1983 to 2003 and chairman of the executive board from 1983 to 2013.

Since 1986, Dr. Shutler also was a partner at the Chantilly-based law firm Shutler & Low.

Early in his career, he was a partner at the Washington law firm Deane, Snowden, Shutler & Gherardi and the deputy assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Mobile Source and Noise Enforcement.

Norman Dale Shutler was born in Arkansas City, Kan. He received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1960, a master’s degree in nuclear engineering in 1962 and a doctorate in chemical engineering in 1964, all from the University of Kansas.

He received a law degree from the University of Houston in 1970.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sandra Miller Shutler of Middleburg; two sons, Brian Shutler of Ashburn, Va., and Blake Shutler of Keystone, Colo.; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough