Gordon Mehler

Gordon Mehler concentrates his practice in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation. He has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer. This includes more than a dozen years as a federal prosecutor and more than a dozen years in private practice, as well as expertise accumulated as a Justice Department official in Washington, as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, and as lead author of a widely-used practitioner’s treatise on federal criminal procedure. Mr. Mehler opened his law practice in 2000 after completing service as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Clinton Administration.

Prior to his Washington assignment, Mr. Mehler 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. As an assistant United States attorney, Mr. Mehler handled scores of federal prosecutions, especially investigations and indictments involving allegations of fraud and corruption. Mr. Mehler tried, as sole or lead counsel, more than two dozen cases to verdict, handled appeals that resulted in approximately a dozen published opinions, and received an award for superior performance from Attorney General Janet Reno. He also served as Eastern District Domestic Terrorism Coordinator, and worked overseas as the Justice Department's Resident American Criminal Justice Advisor to the Romanian government.

Mr. Mehler wrote Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook (Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender 14th ed. 2014) with two former colleagues: John Gleeson, a federal district judge, and David James, a longtime federal prosecutor. United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the book "tremendously valuable" in her foreword marking the tenth edition.

After receiving his law degree from New York University, Mr. Mehler was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert H. McWilliams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He also worked as a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. Mr. Mehler was born and raised in Denver and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in journalism. His articles and op-ed essays on a variety of topics have appeared in a diverse range of periodicals that include The New York Times, The American Lawyer, The Annals of Internal Medicine and many others. Mr. Mehler is on the board of several non-profits, including the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House, founded in 1901, which provides services to the largest collection of public housing in the United States.

Professional Listings: Mr. Mehler has been selected as a New York Super Lawyer every year since 2007. He is also listed in Who's Who in America and has received the highest peer review rating (AV-Preeminent) from Martindale Hubbell.

Professional Affiliations: New York Council of Defense Lawyers (chair of Eastern District Liaison Committee); Federal Bar Council (service on Committee on Second Circuit Courts); New York City Bar Association (service on Federal Courts Committee and Committee to Encourage Judicial Service); American Bar Association (service on Parallel Proceedings Task Force).

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Gordon Mehler
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Private Practice

Principal, Law Offices of Gordon Mehler, PLLC – 2000-Present

Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom – 1982-83

Public Service

Deputy Assistant Attorney General,
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. – 1999-2000

Chief, Special Prosecutions (Public Integrity)
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York – 1996-98

Federal Prosecutor, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York; 1984-1998

Selected Publications

Federal Criminal Practice (Lexis Nexis 14th ed. 2014;) co-author with John Gleeson and David James

Articles in more than two dozen periodicals

Judicial Clerkship

The Honorable Robert H. McWilliams
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit – 1983-84


New York University, JD – 1982

University of Colorado, BS – 1976

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