University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, Bachelor of Science, Economics, 1983
Southern Methodist University, School of Law, Dallas TX, Juris Doctor, 1987
State Bar of California
State Bar of Montana
United States District Court, Southern District of California
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States Court of Appeal, 9th Circuit
ASTM, Committee F24 Amusement Rides and Devices
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
As the founding member of Norton & Melnik, APC’s civil practice, Geoff Norton brings nearly 30 years of complex tort and commercial litigation experience to the Firm. He serves regional and national clients in a variety of industries including real estate, insurance, amusement park rides and attractions and construction. A seasoned trial lawyer, represents clients in high stakes litigation in California and across the country. Geoff’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including products liability, catastrophic injuries and commercial disputes. He has been trying cases throughout the State of California for over 25 years, as well as serving as lead and monitoring counsel for clients in 33 states and 8 foreign countries. His wide-ranging experience, ability to engage opposing counsel, his cut to the chase style and trial reputation provide him with the keen ability to resolve matters efficiently and effectively. Clients in a multitude of industries from building products and amusement parks to commercial landlords and insurance companies, look to Mr. Norton for their litigation needs. Mr. Norton has also been lead counsel in several notable consumer class-actions. Geoff founded Norton & Melnik in 1991 with a desire to provide results oriented litigation, to get to know the client’s interests inside and out, and to exceed expectations in all aspects of litigation. Over a quarter of a century later, the Firm’s lawyers remain successful, following these precepts. A native of the west, with time spent in California, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas, Geoff’s litigation style is embedded with determination and grit. And this is why clients put their most difficult cases in his hands.
In addition to litigation, Geoff represents professional athletes in their business and personal endeavours. The Firm’s clients include one Hall of Fame golfer, several past world’s number one, and four past rookies of the year. He is also an avid golfer, but his focus and his pride and joy outside the office are his three beautiful daughters.