Joshua Norton

Joshua Norton is an associate with Keesal, Young & Logan in its Long Beach office.  Joshua has handled a wide spectrum of business disputes and civil litigation matters, but his practice focuses on mortgage and regional banking litigation, bankruptcy, appellate, and maritime.

Mortgage and Regional Banking Litigation

Joshua’s mortgage banking litigation experience includes the defense of mortgagor claims for wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, fraud, negligence, unfair business practices, RESPA, TILA, FDCPA, and violations of the California Homeowners’ Bill of Rights.  Joshua also represents regional banking clients in litigation involving diverse issues, including fraud, negligence, and California’s Uniform Voidable Transactions Act.


Joshua represents corporate clients in bankruptcy matters and adversary proceedings, including the defense of preference, avoidance, and fraudulent transfer claims, claims based on violation of the automatic stay, and issues regarding plans of reorganization.  He also represents creditors in connection with contested matters involving proof of claim objections and motions for relief from the automatic stay.


Joshua has prepared numerous appellate briefs in connection with appeals before the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal, as well as bankruptcy appeals before the District Courts and the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.


Joshua primarily represents the interests of shipowners and charterers in contract negotiations and disputes, vessel arrests and maritime lien litigation, and vessel/incident casualty investigations.

Before practicing law, Joshua enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a microwave radio systems technician and rendered honors at ceremonies and military burials as a member of the Honor Guard.  Joshua graduated summa cum laude from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in English and earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego, where he graduated third in his class with magna cum laude distinction.

During law school, Joshua earned the State Bar’s Wiley W. Manuel Award and the Legal Aid Society of San Diego’s Outstanding Service Award for providing pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence.  Joshua was a judicial extern for the Honorable Margaret M. Mann of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, and the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Joshua was also a Lead Articles Editor for the San Diego Law Review, President of the American Association for Justice’s intramural trial team, and a competing member of USD’s National Trial Team.

Joshua is admitted to practice before all California state and federal courts.