R. Scott Norman is an experienced litigator in the Louisville office of Gordon & Rees and a member of the Construction, Commercial Litigation, and Employment Law practice groups. After practicing for most of his legal career in Southern California, Mr. Norman recently traded the San Diego shoreline for the rolling hills of the Bluegrass State. He brings an unconditional commitment to provide his nationwide clients with prompt and strategic professional services to achieve favorable and cost-effective outcomes.
As the son of a third-generation general contractor, Mr. Norman applies the hard-working values and practical experience he gained growing up on construction sites to assist contractors, suppliers, steel fabricators, and other members of the construction industry in all phases of construction. Mr. Norman regularly handles construction and design claims and litigation, payment disputes, workplace injuries and OSHA violations, mechanics’ liens, and other construction disputes. He also regularly advises clients on all construction-related contract negotiations and drafting. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Norman’s practice focused on defending contractors and design professionals against allegations of construction defects and professional negligence in both small and large scale commercial and residential projects.
In conjunction with his construction practice, Mr. Norman advises construction-industry clients regarding numerous labor and employment issues, including the creation and implementation of employment handbooks and policies, internal workplace investigations, engagement of independent contractors, terminations, compliance with wage and hour laws, and other general employee-employer relations. He successfully defends clients against Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and various other federal and state law claims. Additionally, Mr. Norman advises regarding non-competition and non-solicitation matters, employment agreements, separation agreements, and other transactional employment-related issues.
Mr. Norman’s diverse practice has allowed him to develop substantial experience managing and resolving a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including personal injury, civil rights, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and consumer legal remedies, fraud, contract disputes, contractual indemnity, and other complex litigation issues. He has also handled real estate litigation matters of every type and scope, including CEQA litigation, the prosecution and defense of unlawful detainer, and breach of lease actions, breach of guaranty actions, easement disputes, boundary disputes, wrongful eviction actions, purchase and sale agreement disputes, land use disputes, and the defense of actions brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act. His knowledge of commercial law makes him a versatile and effective litigator and advocate.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
Kentucky Bar Association, Section on Construction & Public Contract Law
Prior to practicing in Louisville, Mr. Norman served as a volunteer attorney handling guardianship matters for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. He also frequently represented low income residents and members of the homeless community in San Diego in several significant civil rights matters on an individual and class-wide basis. In two notable cases, Mr. Norman successfully defended a local church’s First Amendment right to practice its religion by feeding the homeless on its premises, and served as co-counsel with the ACLU on a successful federal class action lawsuit brought on behalf of homeless people for the confiscation and destruction of their personal property.