Nathaniel Matheson Gorton
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts|
|Assumed office |
September 24, 1992
|Nominated by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089|
Nathaniel Matheson Gorton
July 25, 1938
|Relatives||brother of former US Senator Slade Gorton|
|Education||Dartmouth College (A.B.)|
Columbia Law School (LL.B.)
|Awards||2015 Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts chapter, Recognition Award for dedication and service.|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1960-1962|
|Rank||Lieutenant Junior Grade, and Executive Officer|
|Unit||USS Banner (AKL-25) in the Western Pacific Ocean|
Nathaniel Matheson Gorton (born July 25, 1938) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Early life and early legal career
Gorton received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Dartmouth College in 1960, and a Bachelor of Laws from Columbia Law School in 1966. He was in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1962, where he was a Lieutenant Junior Grade, and an Executive Officer on the USS Banner (AKL-25) in the Western Pacific Ocean.
He was in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts from 1966 to 1992. Gorton was an associate in Boston in the trial and business departments at Nutter McClennen & Fish from 1966 (when he was admitted to the bar) until 1969, an associate at Powers & Hall PC from 1970 to 1974, and a partner at the firm from 1975 until 1992, practicing civil business litigation.
Federal judicial service
On April 28, 1992, Gorton was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts created by Section 203(a)(14) of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 (Pub.L. 101–650, 104 Stat. 5100). He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 23, 1992, and received his commission on September 24, 1992. In 2015 Gorton received the Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts chapter, Recognition Award for dedication and service.
According to the USA Today in April 2019, Gorton "has a reputation for issuing stronger sentences than his peers," and according to Law360 that same month he "has a reputation for being a no-nonsense, fairly conservative judge."
Gorton is a former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, an independent co-educational day school with students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- "Gorton, Nathaniel M." Federal Judicial Center.
- "FEDERAL COURT JUDGES sitting in MASSACHUSETTS," Biographies of Massachusetts Judges, 2019.
- Charles Bruce Brownson (2011). "Gorton, Nathanial M.," Judicial Staff Directory.
- "Nathaniel Gorton, United States District Court of Massachusetts: Profile & Biography," Bloomberg.
- GORTON, NATHANIEL M., Judicial Profiles, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, August 1, 2001.
- Joey Garrison (April 11, 2019). "College admissions case: Parents, feds accused of judge shopping", USA Today.
- 'Varsity Blues' Judge Tough, Fair, And A Good Draw For Feds, Law360, April 11, 2019.
- "Know Your Judge: Nathaniel M. Gorton," May 2, 2018.
- "Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton," the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University
- Nathaniel M. Gorton at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts