Steven D. Gordon is a Washington, D.C., litigator who has been lead counsel in more than 100 trials and has argued in most of the federal appeals courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Gordon represents corporate and individual clients under investigation or facing criminal charges. His clients range from government contractors to private citizens to business executives and government officials. He also conducts internal investigations for clients, including corporations and state agencies.
Mr. Gordon has represented a number of Indian tribes in litigation against the federal government. These have included multimillion-dollar cases for breach of trust based on mismanagement of tribal trust funds and natural resources, and for breach of funding obligations under self-determination contracts. He has brought claims against the Bureau of Indian Affairs under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and has represented tribes in litigation involving the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Several of these cases have established important precedents for tribes at either the trial or the appellate level.
Mr. Gordon litigates complex civil and commercial cases, often against the federal government. He sues federal agencies under the APA and other federal statutes on behalf of clients who are regulated by those agencies. For example, he has represented a variety of private clients and state agencies in litigation against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has also tried a number of cases involving alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and related torts.
Mr. Gordon defends federal contractors and program participants (grantees) against False Claims Act (FCA) suits brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) or by whistleblowers (qui tam). He also represents clients facing suspension or debarment from participating in federal contracting or other federal programs. He successfully litigated the only debarment case to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Gordon briefs and argues cases in the federal courts of appeals and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Recent cases handled by Mr. Gordon include:
Before entering private practice, Mr. Gordon prosecuted crimes for 10 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, and served as Chief of the Felony Trial Division. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. William J. Holloway Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
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