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 two decades in private practice, mostly running his own small business, as well as expertise accumulated as a Justice Department official in Washington, as an adjunct professor of law, and as lead author of a widely-used practitioner’s treatise on federal criminal procedure now in its 20th edition.

As a defense lawyer, Mr. Mehler represented one of five defendants in a nearly six-month federal criminal 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. 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.

Mr. Mehler started the firm in 2000 after completing service as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in Washington during the Clinton Administration. Prior to his Washington 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. As a federal prosecutor, he was involved in scores of prosecutions, mostly involving allegations of fraud and corruption. He tried more than two dozen cases to verdict, handled many appeals and received an award for superior performance from the Attorney General of the United States. 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 initially wrote Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook (Lexis Nexis 20th ed. 2020, 1576 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.

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. He was born and raised in Denver, and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in journalism. 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; American Lawyer and Annals of Internal Medicine.

Mr. Mehler, who is married with two adult daughters, 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.

Peer Review: Mr. Mehler is included in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America©, has been selected as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer© every year for more than a decade, and has also received the highest peer review rating (AV-Preeminent) from Martindale Hubbell©.

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

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Gordon Mehler

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Private Practice

Principal, Mehler Law PLLC (since 2000)

Associate, Skadden, New York City

Public Service

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

Chief, Special Prosecutions (Public Integrity), U.S. Attorney’s Office, E.D.N.Y.


Author (with Gleeson, James and Cooley), Federal Criminal Practice (Lexis Nexis 20th ed. 2020)

Articles published in more than two dozen periodicals, including The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Peer Review

Best Lawyers in America©, 27th edition 2021

Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers©, 2007-2021

Judicial Clerkship

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


New York University School of Law, JD

University of Colorado School of Journalism, BS


Born and raised in Denver, Colorado

Married, with two adult daughters

Past Board Chair, Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement

Travel to 90 countries, including on many cases

Mehler Law PLLC
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New York, New York 10017-2803
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