Judge Glenn Norton (Ret.)


  • Partner, Briscoe & Norton Law Office, New London, Missouri, 1985-1994. 

  • Ralls County Associate Circuit Judge. Elected 1994. Re-elected 1998. Circuit and Associate Circuit dockets. Supreme Court assignment to cases involving complex litigation. 

  • Municipal Judge, 1995-2000; New London, Center, Perry, and Hannibal. 

  • Prosecutor, Ralls County, Missouri 1985-1994; Responsible for entire caseload, including murder trials and other high-profile felonies; represented all County officials. 

  • Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, 2002-2015, Chief Judge, 2005-2006, Presiding Judge in Division, multiple years, Settlement Judge 2010-2015. 

  • Chief Legal Counsel to Missouri Governor Bob Holden, 2001-2002. Oversight of the legal departments and legal issues for all 15 state agencies. Review judicial appointments, death penalty cases, budget issues, clemency applications, and legislation. 

  • Supreme Court Coordinating Commission for Judicial Branch Education. 


  • Judge Norton has served as the Special Master in many of the nation’s largest and most complex litigations, including Medtronic Infuse, GM Ignition Interlock, Roundup, Talc, Essure, GranuFlo, DaVinci Robotic Surgery, and others. He also currently serves as the Special Master in a variety of inventory aggregate settlements (including Roundup and Talc) exceeding $4 billion in payments, involving 55 law firms for over 50,000 claimants. And he has been retained to conduct audits regarding settlements being handled by other Special Masters. Those have involved over 20 law firms with inventories exceeding 40,000 claimants and settlement exceeding $3 billion. 

  • Court-appointed Roundup Litigation Special Master involving over 100,000 cases with $14 Billion in projected settlements. The litigation proceeded in state courts and a Multidistrict transferee Court in San Francisco (MDL 2741). Judge Norton also currently serves as an allocation Special Master in connection with thousands of Roundup cases being resolved. 

  • Appointment by Circuit Judge Mark Neill, 22nd Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, State of Missouri, to serve as Litigation Special Master in Trever Towne, et al. v. Medtronic Infuse. 

  • Appointment by Circuit Judge Mark Neill, 22nd Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, State of Missouri, to serve as Special Master for Settlement Allocation in Trever Towne, et al. v. Medtronic Infuse. 

  • Appointment by U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman, Southern District of New York, to serve as Special Master in IN RE: General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation, MDL 2543 (GM Ignition Interlock). 

  • Appointment by U.S. Senior District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, District of Massachusetts, to serve as Special Master for Tort Discovery and Settlement Allocation in IN RE: Fresenius GranuFlo/NaturaLyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2428 (Fresenius GranuFlo). 


  • Mediated over 1,000 single-event cases nationwide. 

  • Court-appointed mediator in national Remington Class Action (Ian Pollard on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated v. Remington Arms Co., LLC, et al. 13-00086, W.D. Mo.). Over 7 million potential class action participants and potential benefits in excess of $480 Million in the form of trigger retrofits, vouchers and other relief to class members on several models of Remington firearms. 

  • Appointment by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, Southern District of West Virginia, to serve as Settlement Master for Private Settlement Agreements Between Ethicon and Certain Plaintiffs’ Counsel in MDL No. 2327, In Re: Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (Transvaginal Mesh). 


  • Active in many areas of judicial education, including serving on the faculty of The National Judicial College, and is a frequent presenter on various topics regarding the law, both in Missouri and in other states. 

  • Panelist for multiple national seminars on the role and benefit of Special Masters, including conferences in Chicago, St. Louis, Cancun and Las Vegas. 

  • Panelist – HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: “Bet the Company” Mass Tort Litigation, May 25, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Topic: The Increasing Use and Roles of Special Masters. 

  • Speaker – 23rd Annual Admiralty Symposium on September 16, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

  • Speaker – 24th Annual Admiralty Symposium on September 15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Topic: Maritime Mediation and Settlement Conferences: Perspectives From the Bench and the Trench. 

  • Speaker – Masters of Mass Tort Conference – Federal and State Coordination Issues, 2017 in Cancun, Mexico. Topic: Things You’ve Always Wanted to Ask the Judges, Settlement Programs and Special Master Issues. 

  • Speaker – Hon. Richard B. Teitelman Memorial Seminar to Benefit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri on June 19, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

  • Speaker – 18th Annual Class Action/Complex Litigation Symposium, November 9, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Topic: The Increasing Role and Diverse Functions of Special Masters Managing Mass Torts. 

  • Speaker – Louisiana State Bar Association Symposium, March 29, 2019, Quebec, Canada. Topic: “Bet The Company” Mass Torts: Navigating Game-Changing Dynamics From Electronic Discovery Through Exit Strategies. 

  • Speaker – 26th Annual Admiralty Symposium on September 13, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Topic: Prosecuting, Defending, and Settling Maritime Injury Claims. 

  • Speaker – 19th Annual Louisiana State Bar Association Complex Litigation Symposium, November 8, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Topics: Litigating in the Digital Age and Managing MDLs and Mass Torts with the Assistance of Special Masters. 

  • Speaker – Masters of Mass Tort Conference, February 26, 2020 in Cancun, Mexico. Topic: Meet with the Judges. 

  • Guest Lecturer – Baylor Law School LLM Litigation Management Program, August 2020. 

  • Speaker – LSBA 22nd Complex Litigation Symposium, November 11, 2021, New Orleans, Louisiana. Topic: Game Changing Rulings. 

  • Guest Lecturer – Baylor Law School LLM Litigation Management Program, January 11, 2022, Waco, Texas. Topic: Complex Litigation Management, PSC Team Selection and Resolution Strategy. 

  • Program Co-Chair – HarrisMartin’s Symposium January 26, 2022: MDL Litigation Conference – Mass Tort Litigation and The Current Landscape. 

  • Moderator and Speaker – HarrisMartin’s Symposium January 26, 2022: MDL Litigation Conference. Two Panels: Complex Litigation Management and Resolution Strategy. 

  • The “Jury is Out” Podcast for Trial Attorneys EP104, “Mediation with Glenn Norton,” hosted by John G. Simon and Erich Vieth. They referred to Judge Norton as “one of the most sought-after mediators in the Midwest.” 

  • Covington/Crahan Professionalism Annual Lecture, UMC School of Law. 

  • Washington University School of Law, ethics and civility presentations. 

  • Trial Judges College, Faculty and Criminal Law Team Leader. 

  • Faculty, annual New Judge Orientation. 

  • Municipal Judge Education annual programs. 

  • Courtroom Skills for Juvenile Officers. 

  • “Professionalism and Access to the Courts;” Gender and race bias. 

  • Numerous seminars for Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Juvenile Officers. 

  • Missouri Police Chiefs Conference Keynote Speaker. 

  • UMC School of Law, lecturer on domestic violence. 

  • Keynote Address, Juvenile Justice Association “Children in Need of a Future.” 


  • President, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2020-2021. 

  • Co-author with Professor Thomas C. Galligan, Jr. and Richard J. Arsenault, a chapter in the third edition of the treatise published by the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section (A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions). The chapter is titled “Multidistrict Litigation.” 

  • Chairman, Supreme Court Trial Judge Education Committee, 2010-2014. Responsible for the continuing education of all Missouri Trial Judges. 

  • Supreme Court Coordinating Commission for Judicial Branch Education. 

  • Mediation Certification, University of Missouri. 

  • Supreme Court Judicial Records Committee, 2002-2009. 

  • Webster University, Adjunct Faculty 2005-2015. 

  • Missouri Statewide Legal Services Commission, 1999-2002. 

  • Disproportionate Minority Confinement Governing Board, 2001-2005. 

  • Judicial Conference of Missouri; Legislative Steering Committee, Executive Council, Past-Chairman of Associate Circuit Judge Section. 

  • Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges, 1995-2000 President, Vice-President, Director, Chairman Legislative Committee. 

  • Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Assn Board of Directors. 

  • State Commission on Children’s Justice, Vice-Chairman. 

  • Editorial Board, “Bench Books for Missouri Judges.” 

  • Chapter Reviser for “Municipal Judges’ Bench Book.” 

  • Author, “Persuading is Teaching” Published in The Missouri Trial Attorney. 

  • President’s Award, The Missouri Bar Association. 

  • National and Missouri Prosecuting Attorneys Association, former member. 

  • Member, CLE lecturer, Master of Ceremonies, and other work with: Missouri Bar, Tenth Circuit Bar, St. Louis County Bar, Lawyers Association of St. Louis, and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. 

  • Law School Representative for National Trial Competition, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1985. 

  • Selected by Missouri Lawyers Media to receive its 2021 ICON Award for notable and sustained success and leadership, both within and beyond the field of law. The ICON Awards are presented in recognition of exemplary careers and longstanding commitment to the Missouri legal community. 


  • Action for Autism, Chairman of Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Dedicated to helping autistic children and their families attain the treatment and education they might not otherwise be able to afford. 

  • Howard Park Center, Board of Directors. School for children who are developmentally challenged. 

  • “Thinking Constitutionally—Thinking Freedom.” Programs at various schools with Supreme Court Judge Zel Fischer. 

  • Volunteer Judge, annual “National Adoption Day.” 

  • Guest speaker at the request of Federal District Court Judges, U.S. Naturalization Ceremonies. 

  • “Equal Access to Justice,” Federal Courts Law Day panelist. 

  • Judge for Law School Competitions and classes at University of Missouri-Columbia and St. Louis University Schools of Law. 

  • Drug Court Graduation speaker, St. Louis County. 

  • Commencement Speaker, Macon High School. 

  • Hannibal Arts Council Board of Directors, Hannibal, Missouri. 

  • New London Baseball Association; Coach, President. 

  • First Christian Church; Elder, Song Leader, Chairman of Board. 

  • New London Lions Club; Member, President, Board of Directors. 

  • Mark Twain Men’s Chorale; President and Trustee. 

  • New London Elementary Booster Club President. 

  • D.A.R.E. Program graduation speaker. 

Juris Doctor, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1985 
Bachelor of Arts, Westminster College, 1982 


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