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Daniella Gordon

Daniella Gordon, a partner, defends clients who are facing criminal charges, or who are the subjects of criminal investigation by state or federal authorities.  She also represents businesses and individuals in civil commercial disputes.  Ms. Gordon serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is Co-Chair of the Construction Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  Ms. Gordon is also Chair of the Legal Redress and Criminal Justice Committees of the historically significant Southern Burlington County branch of the NAACP.

In her criminal defense practice, Ms. Gordon represents clients in internal and government investigations, and through all stages of criminal litigation -- from negotiating non-prosecution agreements and pleas, to obtaining declinations and dismissals, through trial.  In her white collar practice, Ms. Gordon has represented businesses and individuals, both targets and witnesses, in a range of state and federal government investigations, including false claims in public contracting, health care fraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud, public corruption, money laundering, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  Ms. Gordon has handled subpoenas and counseled clients in matters involving multi-jurisdictional investigations of domestic and foreign entities.

Ms. Gordon's civil practice focuses on construction litigation and procurement. She regularly represents businesses before courts throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and in the United States Court of Federal Claims.  Ms. Gordon has represented owners, developers, sureties and all tiers of contractors in a range of disputes, including construction defect claims, damages for delay, differing site conditions, professional negligence, bid protests and injunctions.  Ms. Gordon regularly speaks on construction issues throughout New Jersey.  Ms. Gordon's criminal defense background sets her apart from most commercial litigators in dealing with allegations of fraud in civil disputes.

Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Gordon worked in Philadelphia as an attorney for one of the largest construction litigation law firms in the Mid-Atlantic region.  She also spent several years working with a renowned criminal defense and civil rights attorney in New Jersey.  Before entering private practice, Ms. Gordon served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Millenky, former Presiding Judge of the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County.  During law school, Ms. Gordon received several advocacy awards and won the award for Best Brief in the Rutgers Hunter Moot Court Competition.  She also served as a legal extern to the Honorable Joseph H. Rodriguez in the District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Ms. Gordon received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Connecticut College.  She is also a graduate of the acclaimed National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) in Macon, Georgia.

Ms. Gordon is fluent in Russian and enjoys representing businesses and individuals in the Russian-speaking community.

Representative Matters

Not Guilty verdict after trial in matter involving allegations of theft from business partnership.

Settled securities enforcement action involving alleged ponzi scheme in which government claimed over $10,000,000 loss for $23,000.

Averted prosecution of entity accused of kick-back scheme to local government agency.   

Not Guilty verdict after jury trial involving charges of reckless manslaughter and aggravated assault with deadly weapon.

Obtained full dismissal of Title IX sexual misconduct charges for student at large university after full investigation; obtained full dismissal of related state court matter.  

Secured significant settlement for developer in a multi-million dollar action against numerous design professionals for delays caused by survey and site plan errors.

Reversal on appeal of judgment of conviction and sentence. 

Successfully negotiated settlement for alleged false claims on behalf of contractor whose preferential status as a "local business enterprise" was being challenged by government, averted further civil and criminal investigation into previous contract awards.

Obtained summary judgment of a million dollar claim for contractor accused of negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of teaming agreement by subcontractor in connection with federal construction project. 

Recovered significant settlement for former New Jersey State Police officer in connection with claims of gender discrimination.

Not Guilty verdicts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania DUI.

Local counsel for individuals and entities in federal and state court litigation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Reported Cases

Speaking Engagements

Guest Speaker, Crime and Punishment: "A Defense Perspective," Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, December 5, 2017

Conference Co-Chair and Speaker, "Construction Law 2017 - Not Going Down With The Ship: Managing Risk and Surviving the Struggling Construction Project," New Jersey State Bar Association Institute for Continuing Legal Education, June, 2017

HB Litigation Conferences, Construction Arbitration Seminar, September, 2016, New Jersey

"Wage Equality - Laws, Realities and Suggestions," W.I.N. Empowerment Conference, April  2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ

Panelist, New Jersey State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference, March 19, 2016, Cherry Hill, NJ

Gender and Wage Negotiation Seminar, American Association of University Women (AAUW), March 8, 2016, Willingboro, NJ

Panelist, "Tackling Contract Provisions and Insurance Issues," New Jersey State Bar Association, November 12, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ

Annual Freedom Fund Gala, Southern Burlington County NAACP, October 30, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ

Panelist, "Making a Seat at the Table," Southern Burlington County NAACP, March 29, 2015, Mt Laurel, NJ

Panelist, Construction Primer CLE, Burlington County Bar Association, March 26, 2015, Mt. Holly, NJ

Moderator, "Construction Defect Litigation," Construction Law Conference, HB Litigation Conferences, September 16, 2014, Edison, NJ

Panelist, "Tipping the Balance: Fee Shifting in Commercial Litigation," Burlington County Bar Association, Civil Practice Committee, Mt. Holly, NJ, May 2013.

Publications

Author, "New Jersey Lien Law: A Primer," Wolf Commercial Real Estate, January 12, 2018

"Key Recommendations for Policy Body Cameras," The Star Ledger, June 2017

Book Review of Erin Murphy's Inside the Cell: The Dark Side of Forensic DNA, Vol. XL No. 8, The Champion Magazine, October 2016

"Actual Loss under US v. Nagle versus the Presumed Loss Rule: The Practical Impact of Criminal and Civil Standards in DBE Fraud Cases," New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction Section, Vol. 17 No. 2, May 2016

Honors and Recognitions

New Jersey Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List, 2016, 2017, 2018

SJ Magazine "Top Attorney," White Collar Crime, 2016

New Jersey 2016 Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list

Southern Burlington County NAACP, Nelson B. Rivers, III, Excellence Award, 2015

South Jersey Magazine," Awesome Attorney, 2013, 2014