Francis J. Gordon

Top rated Civil Litigation attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina

Millberg Gordon Stewart PLLC
Francis J. Gordon
Millberg Gordon Stewart PLLC

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Transportation & Maritime

Licensed in North Carolina since: 1988

Education: Wake Forest University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024

Millberg Gordon Stewart PLLC

1101 Haynes Street
Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27604 Visit website


Frank J. Gordon serves as a partner at the law firm Millberg Gordon Stewart PLLC located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He concentrates his practice on defending clients in civil jury trials throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. He has successfully represented clients in a wide range of situations, including class actions, lawsuits involving multiple fatalities, toxic torts, and cases involving serious brain damage.

Mr. Gordon’s clients include insurance companies, railroads, community colleges, school boards, elevator companies, paper mills, transportation firms, carpet manufacturers, individuals, and small-business owners.

As a Harry S. Truman Scholar, Mr. Gordon received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the North Carolina State University. He attended the Wake Forest University to study law and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1988. In law school, he was a William F. Hoge Scholar and a member of the Wake Forest Law Review.

Additionally, Mr. Gordon went on to serve as a law clerk for a renowned judge at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. He is licensed to practice in North Carolina, South Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Mr. Gordon is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, the North Carolina Trucking Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, the Wake County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. He is also a fellow of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Volunteering his time for the community, Mr. Gordon served as the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, the Women’s Center of Wake County and AnimalKind. He has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell for his notable work in the legal field.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Civil Litigation: Defense, Transportation/Maritime
  • 60% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 40% Transportation/Maritime

First Admitted: 1988, North Carolina

Professional Webpage:

  • Fellow, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Named an AV Preeminant Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, AV Preeminant Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
  • United States District Courts sitting in North Carolina and South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • North Carolina Bar, South Carolina Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, North Carolina Trucking Association, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Defense Research Institute
Educational Background:
  • North Carolina State University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1982, Harry S. Truman Scholar, North Carolina
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President, Board of Directors, AnimalKind. The mission of this nonprofit is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of cats and dogs in NC animal shelters by helping people get their animals spayed or neutered. (2012-2017) Board of Directors, Womens' Center of Wake County. This organization provides assistance to homeless women. (1996-1998) Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. This organization helps build housing for needy people. (1993-1994), 1990
  • Collins v. CSX Transp., Inc., 114 N.C.App. 14, 441 S.E.2d 150 disc. rev. denied 336 N.C. 603, 447 S.E.2d 388, 1994
  • Loredo v. CSX Transp., Inc., 2005 WL 756 352, 2005
  • McCallum v. CSX Transportation, Inc., 149 F.R.D.104, 1993
  • Smith v. Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Ry. Co., 859 F.Supp. 188 (W.D.N.C. 1994), 1994
  • Warnock v. CSX Transp., Inc., 159 N.C. App. 215, 582 S.E.2d 386, disc. rev. denied, 357 N.C. 582, 589 S.E.2d 725 (2003);, 2003
  • Goodrum v. Green, 334 N.C. 620, 435 S.E.2d 335 (1993), 1993
  • Turner v. Norfolk Southern Corp., 137 N.C.App. 138, 526 S.E.2d 666 (2000), 2000
  • Carcaño v. McCrory, 203 F. Supp. 3d 615 (M.D.N.C. 2016) ​United States v. North Carolina, 192 F. Supp. 3d 620 (M.D.N.C. 2016) ​CSX Transp., Inc. v. City of Fayetteville, 785 S.E.2d 760 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016), disc. rev. denied, 2016 WL 5395579 (N.C. Sept. 27, 2016) ​Lloyd v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co., 231 N.C. App. 368, 752 S.E.2d 704 (2013) ​Gen. Parts Distrib. LLC v. Perry, 907 F. Supp. 2d 690 (E.D.N.C. 2012) CSX Transp., Inc. v. Bickerstaff, 187 Md. App. 187, 978 A.2d 760 (2009) Carlisle v. CSX Transp., Inc., 193 N.C. App. 509, 668 S.E.2d 98 (2008), disc. rev. denied, 363 N.C. 123, 675 S.E.2d 40 (2009) ​Williams v. CSX Transp., Inc., 176 N.C. App. 330, 626 S.E.2d 716 (2006)
  • Clinton v. Wake County Bd. of Educ., 108 N.C.App. 616, 424 S.E.2d 691, 80 Ed. Law Rep. 319 disc. rev. denied 333 N.C. 574, 429 S.E.2d 570 (1993), 1993
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • For a couple of years I was a speaker at the CLE program for new lawyers sponsored by the NC Bar Association. I have served as an adjunct professor of civil litigation at the Meredith College Paralegal Program. I have given numerous speeches over the last 20 years to lawyer organizations in the area of the defense of civil claims against railroads, including the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and the Railroad Occupational Claims Conference., speaker, 2005
Industry Groups:
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Office location for Francis J. Gordon

1101 Haynes Street
Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27604

Phone: 919-585-5539


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024

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