Judge Nancy E. Gordon - District Court, Durham County
Nancy Elizabeth Gordon
Born in Detroit, MIchigan,  November 6, 1954
  • Tax Associate,Touche Ross & Co.  (1979-80)
  • Office Manager, Detroit Headquarters John Anderson for President   (1980)                 
  • Intern, NC Prisoner Legal Services, Inc. (1981)
  • Intern, Blanchard, Tucker, Twiggs, Denson & Earls  (1982) 
  • Intern, Powe, Porter & Alphin (1982)   
  • Law Offices of Nancy E. Gordon, P.C. (1983-2006)
  • Elected District Court Judge, first term 2006, second term 2010                                  
Before becoming self-employed, Judge Gordon was a general law practitioner, representing all kinds of people: indigent persons in criminal and traffic cases, parents in abuse & neglect matters, and  injured persons seeking compensation. After 1990, Judge Gordon limited her practice exclusively to domestic relations and family law cases.  A trained mediator and certified matrimonial arbitrator, for many years, Judge Gordon heard arbitrations of general civil legal matters in the Fourteenth Judicial District Court-annexed arbitration program and arbitrated marital disputes.
J.D. Degree, 1979
Case Western Reserve University School of Law   
Cleveland, OH
B.A. Degree, 1976
University of Michigan                                                                  
Ann Arbor, MI
Professional credentials
  • Licensed to practice law: Michigan 1979, North Carolina 1982.
  • Durham County Bar Association/14th Judicial District Bar Association, President, 1991.
  • NC Board Certified Family Law Specialist, 1991-present.
  • "AV" peer-rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow 1996-present; President, NC Chapter, 2003-05.
  • Certified Matrimonial Arbitrator, 1999.
  • NC Bar Association, Board of Governors, Vice President 2009-10.
  • NC District Court Judges Board of Governors, Member 2009-present. 
  • Additional Professional Associations: Durham County Bar Association/14th Judicial District Bar, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, North Carolina Bar Association, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Publications& Presentations
  • "View from the Bench"  GP, Small Firm & Solo Practice Section Newsletter, NC Bar Association
  • Judge, Duke Law School Street Law Mock Trial Competition (Lowes Grove & Neal Middle Schools)
  • "Reflections of a Novice Judge"  NC State Bar Quarterly Journal, Spring 15 1 
  • "What Family Court Judges Want", Nat'l Business Inst.CLE, Raleigh, NC
  • "4All-The Link Between Pet Abuse & Domestic Violence" The Family Forum, North Carolina Bar Assoc.
  • "Basic Income Tax & Family Law", UNC School of Government/ Judicial College
  • "The Role of Judge in Drug Treatment Court", Administrave  Office of Court DTC Training
  • Judge, Duke Law School Street Law Mock Trial Competition(Lowes Grove Middle School)
  • Judge, Duke Law School Street Law Mock Trial Competition (Lowes Grove Middle School)
  • “What Judges Want: ADR” The Family Advocate, American Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • Judea Reform Congregation, former member Board of Trustees
  • Durham County Animal Protection Society
  • Durham Coalition for Battered Women
  • Women in Action for the Prevention of Violence and its Causes, Inc., Board of Trustees
  • Religious Coalition for a Non-Violent Durham
  • Rotary International (Downtown Durham Chapter)
  • The Art of Giving, a Women's Giving Group