DAVE GORDON has led winning teams in numerous high-profile cases involving challenging financial, economic and accounting issues. He is a partner at the firm, the head of the 150+ lawyer Litigation group in the firm’s Chicago office and the co-leader of the firm’s global Accountants and Professional Liability practice.
Dave’s experience spans a variety of substantive areas, including commercial litigation and disputes, government investigations, professional liability actions and securities and shareholder derivative litigation. Dave is an experienced trial lawyer and has served as lead counsel in numerous high-stakes federal and state court proceedings, arbitrations and administrative proceedings. Dave has prevailed on dispositive motions in cases with alleged damages totaling billions of dollars. He has won at trial for both plaintiffs and defendants, including obtaining a $62 million judgment as a plaintiff and obtaining complete defense victories.
In addition to his extensive litigation work, Dave also has successfully represented institutions and individuals in investigations initiated by the SEC’s Division of Enforcement involving virtually every one of the Division’s offices. Such representations have included investigations involving allowances for doubtful accounts, auditor independence, cybersecurity, disclosures, impairments, insider trading, internal controls, inventory, loan loss reserves, misappropriation of funds, non-GAAP measures, pensions, real estate, revenue recognition, stock options backdating and subprime lending, among many others. Dave has successfully represented institutions and individuals in matters before the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, as well as the Department of Justice (in Washington and various U.S. Attorneys’ Offices), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, state law enforcement authorities and state and local regulators. He has conducted numerous internal investigations of alleged employee or corporate wrongdoing for corporations, boards and board committees. Dave also serves on the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force.
Dave’s advocacy has earned him repeated recognition from Chambers USA in general commercial litigation and in Super Lawyers in the areas of securities litigation, business litigation and professional liability defense. He recently was recognized as honorable mention “Litigator of the Week” by the American Lawyer and as a Notable Gen X Leader in Law by Crain’s Chicago Business.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - General
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - Trial Bar
- U.S. District Court, W.D. of Wisconsin
- The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1998 (with honors)
- Northwestern University, B.A., 1995 (with honors)
- John F. Grady, U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois (1999)