Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FFT: Richard Gordon, '78, Tuesday, March 4th at noon

Food For Thought Alumni Career Conversations
ON CAMPUS Tuesday, March 4th, noon, Richard Gordon, '78
Free Pizza

Richard Gordon is the founder and president of the Gordon Law Firm, a results-oriented public policy, strategic planning, and government affairs firm located in New York City with a national and international reach and scope. Throughout his career, Richard has been heavily involved in public policy and strategic planning in both the public and private sectors. He is a key national government and business affairs strategist, directing and managing complex strategic and policy related issues that have multi-state and multi-jurisdictional implications. His practice focuses on corporate and not-for-profit strategic planning, business development, and state and local government procurement. He works closely with clients to advantageously position them on business, political and other policy-related matters. Currently Richard also serves as an informal advisor to a number of elected officials including governors, Senators, mayors, and attorneys general.

Prior to establishing the Gordon Law Firm, Richard was a partner at the New York office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, an international law firm with 475 attorneys and public policy advisors with offices across the United States. He was part of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice.

Richard has been involved in government and politics on the national, state and local levels for many years, and has served numerous administrations and campaigns in policy and organizational capacities. He has advised governors, Senators, Congressmen, mayors, attorneys general and candidates for office from president to city council on a myriad of policy and political matters in his more than 25 year career.

In addition to his business activities, Richard has spent a large portion of his career in community and public service. Elected in 2007, Richard served as president of the American Jewish Congress, an internationally renowned 90 year old not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and defending the constitutional and human rights of all Americans. In May 2008, President George W. Bush appointed Richard to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany the President to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th  anniversary of the State of Israel. After serving five years as president, Richard was elected chair in 2012. He is also on the board, a member of the executive committee and treasurer of Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that provides food to children on the free and reduced lunch program for the weekend.

An environmental lawyer by training, Richard is the author of “Hazardous Waste Management Requirements in Indiana,” which appeared in the book, Hazardous Waste in Indiana. Mr. Gordon received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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