Gerald P. Norton

Harkins Cunningham LLP – Washington, DC

Gerald P. Norton

Gerald P. Norton

Senior Counsel
(202) 973-7605

Suite 400
1700 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-3804

Jerry Norton was one of the founding partners of Harkins Cunningham LLP. His practice has been diverse, including transportation law, Constitutional law, antitrust and trade regulation, administrative law, employment law, environmental law, insurance coverage, commercial and government contracts, and preemption issues. In addition to handling or counseling about trial court and agency litigation, he often acts as appellate counsel.

For example, Mr. Norton has been a member of the firm's team that has been involved in every major railroad merger approval proceeding before the Interstate Commerce Commission or now the Surface Transportation Board for over two decades.  Other representative litigation has included: obtaining dismissal of a claim that the purchaser of $850 million of the clients electricity generation assets did not have to close because of intervening regulatory developments; obtaining dismissal of a $900 million antitrust claim by a short-line railroad against a major railroad; and defeating an attempt to void millions of dollars of insurance coverage for environmental remediation; as appellate counsel, successfully challenging an agency order of a forced sale of a rail line; securing reversal of an adverse judgment exposing a chemical manufacturer to some $100 million in Superfund clean-up indemnification liability; obtaining a landmark decision reversing a ruling that companies can be held liable for the government's costs of oversight of environmental cleanups; reversing a rejection of the clients claim for contribution for environmental remediation; and vacating an injunction prohibiting a party or its attorney from offering in state court trials evidence allegedly barred by a federal court class action settlement.

Mr. Norton has been involved in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and is on the panel of mediators selected by the federal district court in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Norton formerly practiced at Covington & Burling. He also served as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, briefing and arguing a wide variety of government cases in the Supreme Court. He became Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission, responsible for all the Commission's court litigation, in which position he received a number of awards, including the government-wide Arthur E. Flemming award as one of the outstanding young government employees.


  • Columbia Law School, 1964, J.D., magna cum laude (Managing and Research Editor of the Columbia Law Review)
  • Princeton University, 1961, magna cum laude


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Honorable Leonard P. Moore)

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law
  • Listed in Who's Who in America
  • D.C. Bar Committee on Legal Ethics
  • D.C. Bar Committee on Review of the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • D.C. Circuit Committee on Admissions and Grievances
  • D.C. Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures
  • Volunteer moot court judge for Supreme Court cases for the National Association of Attorneys General and for Georgetown Law School's Supreme Court Institute
  • Member of Litigation, Administrative Law, Antitrust, and Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association

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