Hon. Norman W. Gordon

Judge of the Superior Court Long Beach
Complex Litigation Panel Member Since 1997

Self described as a fair golfer and poor fisherman. Judge Gordon is extremely well liked by all counsel and is known particularly for his understanding and application of the law with a common sense factual approach for resolution. Judge Gordon prefers Mediation over Arbitration and is also available as Discovery Referee, Special Master, Trial Judge. Travel includes: Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, 9-97 San Diego, Santa Clara, Walnut Creek, Sacramento and Eureka


  • U.C.L.A., B.A. 1950
  • U.S.C., School of Law, J.D. 1953

Private Practice

  • Sole Practitioner, Law Offices of Norman W. Gordon 1953-1954
  • Senior Partner, Iacoboni & Gordon 1954-1964
  • Senior partner, Gordon, Field & Boland, 1964-1971
  • Sole practitioner, Law Office of Norman W. Gordon 1971-1975
  • Partner, Gordon & Boland, 1975-1983

Judicial Experience

  • Judge of the Superior Court Long Beach, Civil Trial Bench 1983-1996
  • Supervising Judge of the Superior Court Long Beach 1984-1985

Professional Experience

  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Southeast Bar Association
  • Lexion Lex American Inns Of Court
  • California Judges Association - California Judges Foundation

A.D.R. Experience

  • Independent and non-exclusive judge since retirement
  • A.D.R. training completed via California Judges Assn and Pepperdine University Mediated and settled over 2,500 cases as judge and private neutral
  • Subject matter included but is not limited to: complex litigation, commercial contract, construction defect, medical negligence-malpractice, professional liability, insurance coverage, employment - wrongful termination, home-owner association disputes, real estate, probate, product liability