Gordon James was born in El Dorado, Arkansas in 1954. He received his undergraduate degree from then Northeast Louisiana University in 1976, where he graduated Summa cum Laude. While at NLU, Gordon was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society and Phi Eta Sigma history honor society. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1979. He served on the Louisiana Law Review and was also a member of Order of Coif.
Upon graduation Gordon moved to Monroe and began practicing with Hudson, Potts & Bernstein, where he has continuously practiced for over thirty years.
Gordon is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Defense Counsel, where he has served as a representative, Defense Research Institute, International Association of Defense Counsel, and the International Inns of Court. He has also served as the Fourth Judicial District Bar President.
Gordon has spoken at conferences throughout the country, including the conferences sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company, Shelter Insurance Company, Allstate Insurance Company, and State Farm Fire and Casualty Company.
Gordon has attended the Goldstein School Trial Advocacy in Chicago, Illinois, the Hastings School of Law Trial Academy in San Francisco, California, and the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Boulder, Colorado. He has attended seminars for General Motors Products in Detroit, Michigan and the National HIPAA Summit, Washington, D.C.
Gordon has authored The Outercontinental Shelf Lands Act Amendments of 1978, "Balancing Energy Needs with Environmental Concerns," 40 Louisiana Law Review, 1979, and "Hearsay and the Confrontation Guaranty," 38 Louisiana Law Review 858, 1978.