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 almost two decades in private practice, 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 19th 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, Mr. Mehler 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. For more on the firm’s cases, click here.

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, 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 a federal prosecutor, Mr. Mehler was involved in scores of prosecutions, mostly involving allegations of fraud and corruption. Mr. Mehler tried, as sole or lead counsel, more than two dozen cases to verdict, handled many appeals that resulted in approximately a dozen published opinions, 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 initally wrote Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook (Lexis Nexis 19th ed. 2019, 1495 pages) with two colleagues: John Gleeson, a former federal district judge, and David James, a longtime federal prosecutor. 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. Mr. Mehler was born and raised in Denver, and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in journalism. His writing on a variety of topics has appeared in a diverse range of periodicals that include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The American Lawyer, The Annals of Internal Medicine and many others.

Mr. Mehler has served on the boards of several non-profits, including the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. He is currently chairman of the board of directors at Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement, an organization with roots that go back more than 125 years, and which provides a broad array of assistance to youth, seniors and immigrants in the largest cluster of public housing in the United States.

Peer Review: Mr. Mehler has been selected as a New York 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
T: 212-661-2414

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, Eastern District of N.Y.

Publications and Teaching

Author (with Gleeson, James and Cooley), Federal Criminal Practice (Lexis Nexis 19th ed. 2019)

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

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 School of Law, JD

University of Colorado School of Journalism, BS

Community Service

Chairman, Board of Directors, Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement


Born and raised in Denver, Colorado

Married, with two adult daughters

Mehler Law PLLC
747 Third Avenue, 32nd Floor
New York, New York 10017-2803
(212) 661-2414

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