Robert Nordstrom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Michigan State University in 1968. After earning his law degree from The Detroit College of Law, he was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1971. He joined the insurance negligence defense firm of Plunkett, Cooney, Rutt and Peacock in Detroit and then moved to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and joined the law firm of Davidson, Gotshall, Secrest, Wardle & Lynch.
In 1974, Robert and his wife, Laura, moved from the city because they felt that northern Michigan would be an excellent place to make a life and raise a family. Robert Nordstrom engaged in the general practice of law in and was elected Montmorency County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge in November 1976. At that time he was the youngest judge to ever serve in the state of Michigan. He continued to serve in that capacity for the next 26 years; retiring from the bench in 2003. He was admitted to The Florida Bar on October 7, 2002 and relocated to the Tampa Bay Area.
During his tenure as Chief Judge, Judge Nordstrom streamlined the delivery of juvenile services, helped develop programs to reduce the recidivism rate of juvenile offenders, established and maintained a high efficiency rating for the probate court and piloted the family court project.
Judge Nordstrom was the 2000 recipient of the Children's Charter of Michigan Award for providing outstanding justice and services to children, 1997 Michigan Family Independence Agency Award, Michigan Department of Social Service Foster Care Award in 1993 and 1995.
Judge Nordstrom has passion for excellence in the training of new attorneys and served as a judge of the National Moot Court Competition in 2000 and 2002 and as a Trial Advocacy Judge in 2000.
After relocating to St. Petersburg, Florida he continues to serve as an advocate and judged the final rounds of the Stetson College of Law Moot Court competition in 2006. He provides pro bono legal services for “fixed-income” clients at the John Knox Community Law Center of St. Petersburg. And in conjunction with The Florida Bar Living Wills Initiative, he has served as guest lecturer throughout the Tampa Bay area at civic organizations, board meetings and local churches. He has discussed the value of his profession at local high school career day festivities.
On a personal and civic level, Robert Nordstrom served on the Board of Trustees, Pastor/Parish Relations Committee and as liturgist at the Lewiston Congregational United Church of Christ. He has continued to serve as liturgist at the Pass-A-Grille Beach Community UCC Church of St. Pete Beach and participates in men’s worship groups. He has judged twelve regional and state level Odyssey of the Mind competitions, volunteered at nine Michigan Summer Special Olympics competitions and volunteered service at the Lewiston Historical Museum and the Lewiston Lion's Club and coached Little League Baseball and Middle School Basketball.
Robert Nordstrom is now engaged in private practice specializing in estate and retirement planning, asset protection and elder law and remains a member of both the State Bar of Michigan and The Florida Bar.