Gordon Mehler


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Gordon Mehler concentrates his practice in the areas of federal white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation. He has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer that includes more than a decade as a federal prosecutor and over two decades in private practice.

As a defense lawyer, Gordon represented one of five defendants in a nearly six-month trial stemming from the Bernard Madoff securities fraud, as well as one of the original seven international soccer-related defendants extradited from Switzerland in the FIFA racketeering case. More recently, he secured one of the first acquittals in a pandemic-challenged trial, with nearly all trial participants masked. Working pro bono for nearly two years, he also helped secure the release of one of two men wrongfully imprisoned for 13 years in the Palladium Murder case, later the subject of a two-hour Dateline NBC documentary.

Gordon served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in Washington toward the end of the Clinton administration and prior to his Justice Department assignment, he served as Chief of Special Prosecutions (now Public Integrity), one of the two white-collar crime sections in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He tried over two dozen cases to verdict, handled many appeals, and was recognized for superior performance by the Attorney General of the United States. He also served as Eastern District Domestic Terrorism Coordinator and worked overseas as the first Resident American Criminal Justice Advisor to the Romanian government.

Gordon initially wrote “Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook” (Lexis Nexis 21st ed. 2021, 1646 pages) with two colleagues: John Gleeson, a former federal district judge, and David James, a longtime federal prosecutor and chief appellate lawyer. Alicyn Cooley joined them in 2016. United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the work “tremendously valuable” in her foreword to the book. Based on the book, Gordon recently served as an expert witness on American criminal procedure in the High Court of Hong Kong.

He has published articles on law, politics, and business, but also medicine, religion, and architecture. His writing has appeared in over two dozen periodicals, including The Atlantic and Newsweek, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer, and Annals of Internal Medicine.

He has served on the boards of several non-profits, including the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. He has also served as board chair of Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement, one of New York’s oldest settlement houses.

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Best Lawyer, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America (2021, 2022) [see selection methodology here]