Gordon & Reynolds is a leading business law firm recognized nationally for its expertise in financial institution representation and real estate services. In addition to representing clients in all state and federal courts in California, the firm has a significant involvement in Washington, D.C. at the congressional, agency and major trade association levels which enables it to advise and directly assist on federal issues that pertain to the real estate services industries.

   The firm's mission is to help our clients solve their most difficult legal issues and advise them in safely completing their most important transactions. Please review this website for more information on the industries which the firm serves.

   Stanley M. Gordon founded the firm in 1987 after having been General Counsel for the Coldwell Banker Residential Group for several years. The firm works with clients that require the highest and most current level of legal guidance in light of the significant and ongoing legal and regulatory changes affecting their businesses. Mr. Gordon is recognized as one of the most innovative and effective lawyers in the federal regulation of the mortgage banking and real estate services area. He has unique expertise regarding the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the federal law changes under Dodd Frank and regulatory oversight of RESPA and the mortgage industry by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

   Mr. Gordon has also devoted time to assisting startup companies in various fields including renewable energy and technology advances as applied to the real estate services industry. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School in 1971 and a Bachelors of Arts from UCLA in 1968. 

   Mr. Reynolds is a partner of the firm and has over 25 years representing federal and state-chartered depository and non-depository financial institutions, private lenders, servicers, manufacturers, professionals, and service providers in their most difficult litigation and other legal matters. He has litigated in all state and federal courts in the State of California, including the United States Bankruptcy Court, as well as in numerous other courts across the nation. He also advises clients in the areas of commercial real estate, consumer and commercial lending, retail banking, and secured transactions.

   He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and his Juris Doctorate degree with distinction from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. He was Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth Review and an editor of the Pacific Law Journal.
    Mr. Reynolds is the former chairman of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the State Bar of California and former chairman of the Financial Practices Section of the Orange County Bar Association. He is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences sponsored by financial services trade associations and has written numerous articles for publications such as Mortgage Banking and Mortgage Finance.







Congressional revisions to mortgage banking law.

2013 Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)

Statute prohibiting referral fee arrangements. 



Are the Rule-Makers Getting Realistic?


A closer look at how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is adapting to the realities of the industry.

The Major Problem with Micromanaging


Could excessive regulation threaten the entire mortgage industry?

Getting Better All the Time


Several recent developments may bode well for affiliated business arrangements. 

The Current State of Industry Regulation


With so many rules in place, certain regulatory fixtures may serve the industry well.

Marketing-Services Pacts Are Given a Cold Shoulder


CFPB is unilaterally re-writing marketing agreement rules.



The Changing Landscape for Mortgage Companies

CFBs recent regulations impacting mortgage business