As the Chief Trial Lawyer at Weitz & Luxenberg, Robert Gordon has amassed more than $400 million in jury verdicts over his career, which began when national asbestos cases were first starting to materialize.
In fact, Gordon tried the first asbestosis case and the second mesothelioma case in New York State history. Gordon is not just a major player, he helped write the rules of engagement in asbestos litigation. He’s been at Weitz & Luxenberg since 1991, serving as the firm’s trial front man in high-profile cases involving asbestos-related illnesses, drug companies, dangerous medical devices and environmental pollution.
While Gordon might be the focal point at times, arguing cases in the courtroom, there’s no understating the importance and impact of the overall team effort at Weitz & Luxenberg in helping win such large judgments for clients.
Perhaps the best part about working at Weitz and Luxenberg, Gordon said, is the front office’s willingness to do whatever it takes to win a case, a notion that shouldn’t be lost on prospective clients. It starts with firm co-founder Perry Weitz, who also has a reputation as a trial lawyer of considerable repute. The firm has the resources and willingness to propel a case toward a maximum verdict for its clients.
In an era when personal-injury firms are situated in every city, Gordon doesn’t blink when explaining why an injured party should call a national litigation giant such as Weitz & Luxenberg, which is entering its fourth decade of existence.
While Gordon prefers to emphasize the team-based results of his work, his personal accolades are as notable as his courtroom earnings. A former Philadelphia assistant district attorney, Gordon has been named to the Super Lawyers list of elite attorneys every year since 2006, and in 2009 was a finalist for the Public Justice Foundation’s Trial Lawyer of the Year distinction. In 2011, he was named the New York Mass Torts Litigator of the Year by Best Lawyers.
It’s been a decorated career, but Gordon wasn’t always sure he wanted to be a lawyer. While an undergrad at University of Michigan, he enrolled in seemingly every general-education class under the sun in trying to find his path.
He’s used to having an audience, legal or otherwise. In college, he performed in bands in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area and truly sang for his supper in area restaurants, playing his acoustic guitar for customers in exchange for free dinners. He has ten guitars in his collection.
- J.D., George Washington University School of Law, 1980
- B.A., University of Michigan, 1977.
ASSOCIATIONS AND LICENSES:
- New York City Bar Assn. (Committee on Tort Litigation)
- American Association for Justice (Scientific, Medical Integrity Committee; List Committee)
- New York State Trial Lawyers Assn.
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court (NJ; NY Eastern & Southern)
- U.S. Court of Appeals (Third Circuit)
- U.S. Supreme Court
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