Biography

Daniella Gordon is a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group, where she is known for her creative and zealous advocacy. Daniella’s practice centers around internal investigations and criminal defense, as well as complex commercial litigation, with a focus on construction and employment disputes. Her significant litigation experience includes civil and criminal jury trials, and appellate argument in several jurisdictions.

Daniella’s clients span various industries and professions, including construction, health care and technology. In her criminal defense practice, Daniella represents clients in internal and government investigations and through all phases of litigation. She has counseled businesses and individuals, both targets and witnesses, in a wide range of matters involving alleged fraud, false claims, money laundering, public corruption, kickback schemes and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as in parallel regulatory proceedings. 

In her commercial construction practice, Daniella represents owners, contractors and subcontractors in a range of construction-related disputes, including construction defect claims, scope of work issues, differing site conditions, professional negligence, bid protests and injunctions. Daniella also has extensive experience drafting and negotiating construction agreements.

In her labor and employment practice, Daniella handles whistleblower and discrimination claims, alleged wage and hour violations, and employee classification issues. Daniella has also litigated Title IX disciplinary actions.  

Daniella is a frequent speaker on criminal and construction-related topics. Clients find that Daniella’s criminal defense background gives her unique strategic and legal insight into the defense and prosecution of fraud claims in civil litigation.

Daniella currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is the immediate past co-chair of the Construction Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is fluent in Russian and also represents clients in the Russian-speaking business community.

Background

Prior to joining the firm, Daniella was a partner in a highly regarded regional law firm. She also previously served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert G. Millenky, former Presiding Judge of the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Camden County, and interned for the Hon. Joseph H. Rodriguez in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Education

  • Rutgers School of Law  (J.D., 2005)
  • Connecticut College  (B.A., 2001)
    • Philosophy
  • National Criminal Defense College, Trial Practice Institute  (2015)

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors, 2015-present; Third Circuit Amicus Committee, Co-Vice Chair; Title IX Committee, Trial Penalty Task Force; White Collar Committee; Women in Criminal Defense Committee; Fourth Amendment Committee)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Immediate Past Co-Chair, Construction Section)
  • NAACP, Southern Burlington County Branch (Chair, Legal Redress and Criminal Justice Committees)
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (Board of Trustees, Member)
  • Women in White Collar Defense Association, Philadelphia and New Jersey Chapters (Member)
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – New Jersey (Member)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)
  • Philadelphia – Israel Chamber of Commerce (Member)
  • Russian Speaking Professionals Network of Philadelphia (Member)

Accolades

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers®, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2019-2020); Rising Star (2016-2018)
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America (2018)
  • “Top Attorney,” White Collar Crime, SJ Magazine (2016, 2019)
  • Nelson B. Rivers, III, Excellence Award, Southern Burlington County NAACP (2015)
  • “Awesome Attorney,” South Jersey Magazine (2013-2014)
  • Advocacy Award, Center for Forensic and Economic Studies (2005)
  • Class of 1995 Graduation Award for Public Service, Rutgers School of Law (2005)
  • Mary Philbrook Award for Public Interest Law, Rutgers School of Law (2004)

Languages

  • Russian
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