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Hon. Scott M. Gordon (Ret.)

Mediator, Arbitrator, Judge Pro Tem, Discovery Referee, Parent Plan Coordinator

Case Administrator

Hon. Scott M. Gordon (Ret.) brings more than four decades of experience at the local, state, national and international levels to his role as a mediator and arbitrator at Signature Resolution.

Bio

Judge Gordon served on the Los Angeles Superior Court for 17 years and spent nine years in leadership positions as the Assistant Supervising and Supervising Judge of the Family Law and Criminal Divisions. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of California as a voting member on the Judicial Council of California, the policy-making body for the Judicial Branch.

During his many years in the Family Law Division, he handled thousands of cases, many of which were complex, high-profile business, sports and entertainment cases. He presided over trials and settled cases involving the most complex property, business and child custody issues.

Judge Gordon has unique experience handling international child custody disputes and child abduction cases. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of California to provide technical assistance to California judges regarding the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and was named by the United States Department of State to be one of the four judges in the United States to serve on the International Network of Hague Convention Judges. He has taught judges and justice professionals around the world on issues involving family law and the protection of children. Judge Gordon has extensive experience in working with families dealing with the issues involved in the dissolution of marriage, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Judge Gordon served as a deputy district attorney prosecuting cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Stalking and Threat Assessment Team.

Judge Gordon recognizes that every case presents unique issues and that it is essential to understand each party’s interests, needs and concerns to find a resolution to the dispute. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for 30 years teaching Family Law, Community Property, Forensic Evidence and Trial Advocacy.

EXPERIENCE

  • Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge (2010–2019)
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court, Superior Court Commissioner (2002–2010)
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Deputy District Attorney (
  • Southwestern Law School, Adjunct Law Professor (1989–2019)
  • Santa Monica Police Department, Police Officer / Detective (1978–1985)

ACHIEVEMENTS, AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • California Chief Justice’s Award for Exemplary Leadership
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section, The Spencer Brandeis Award
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Family Law Judicial Officer of the Year
  • Ethel Levitt Award for Humanitarian Service
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Judge of the Year

EDUCATION

  • Certificate, Harvard Negotiation Institute
  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
  • B.S., California State University, Dominguez Hills