Robert W. Gordon Of Counsel




Robert Gordon gained more than 12 years of municipal litigation tort defense experience as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York prior to joining Wilson Elser. Four of those years were in the Special Litigation Unit handling high-profile, high-exposure injury cases, including wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, rape, false arrest, police excessive force, lead poisoning, section 1983 cases, maritime cases, and motor vehicle accidents.

He also worked as a back-to-back trial attorney in Bronx, New York, defending New York City Police Department officers against claims of excessive force and false arrest. Robert has experience litigating cases involving firearms where plaintiffs have died and where they have been seriously injured, and cases involving the New York City Department of Corrections.  

As a trial attorney, Robert has prepared 36 cases for trial, taking seven trials to verdict. He also briefed, orally argued and won an appellate case in the First Department.

During law school, Robert interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York where he assisted with federal litigation involving international money laundering, drug smuggling, asset forfeiture, the U.S. military, immigration and deportation proceedings, and environmental law. His clinic professor was Assistant U.S. Attorney Kiyo A. Matsumoto, now The Hon. Kiyo A. Matsumoto, E.D.N.Y. Robert spent one year as an assistant professor of law at the University of Ulsan in South Korea and has lived abroad in South Korea and Russia. He has a basic command of the Japanese language.