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 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 first Resident American Criminal Justice Advisor to the Romanian government.

Mr. Mehler wrote Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook (Lexis Nexis 15th ed. 2015) 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 work "tremendously valuable" in her foreword to the book.

After receiving his law degree from New York University, Mr. Mehler was a law clerk to Judge 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 New York Council of Defense Lawyers and the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House, founded in 1889, 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: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; New York Council of Defense Lawyers (board of directors and former 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).

Gordon Mehler Super Lawyer

Gordon Mehler
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Selected Public Service

Deputy Assistant Attorney General,
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Chief, Special Prosecutions,
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of N.Y.

Private Practice

Principal, Mehler Law PLLC (since 2000)

Associate, Skadden Arps

Publications and Teaching

Federal Criminal Practice (15th ed. 2015); co-author with John Gleeson and David James

Articles published in more than two dozen periodicals

Formerly Adjunct Associate Professor, Fordham University School of Law

Judicial Clerkship

Judge Robert H. McWilliams
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit


New York University, JD

University of Colorado, BS

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