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 Immediate Past 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.
Areas of Practice
In her criminal defense practice, Ms. Gordon represents clients in internal and government investigations, and through all stages of criminal litigation — from obtaining dismissals and negotiating pleas 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, kick-back schemes, money laundering, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Ms. Gordon has represented individuals charged with theft, assault, manslaughter, and a range of crimes involving controlled dangerous substances.
Ms. Gordon’s civil practice focuses on construction litigation and procurement. She 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. Ms. Gordon also has experience handling matters that implicate First Amendment issues and whistle blower claims.
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.
Criminal Defense and Investigations
- Lead investigation for international business in matter involving tax and compliance issues.
- Averted prosecution of 501(c)(3) non-profit entity in connection with corruption probe into award of government contracts.
- Averted prosecution of entity accused of kick-back scheme to local government agency.
- Represented individual in federal criminal investigation regarding misappropriation of funds in procurement project involving government financing.
- Represented individual in wide-ranging fraud scheme involving numerous technology companies.
- Represented employee of international business entity in connection with investigation into securities and FCPA violations.
- Settled securities enforcement action involving alleged Ponzi scheme in which government claimed over ten million dollars of loss for $23,000 fine, with no admission; obtained pretrial diversion for client after federal indictment.
- Obtained full dismissal of Title IX sexual misconduct charges for student at large university after full investigation; obtained full dismissal of related criminal matter.
- Not Guilty verdict after trial in matter involving allegations of theft from business partnership.
- Not Guilty verdict after jury trial involving charges of reckless manslaughter.
- Not Guilty verdicts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania driving under the influence.
- 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.
- Successfully negotiated settlement for alleged false claims on behalf of contractor whose preferential status as a “local business enterprise” was being challenged by the government; averted civil and criminal investigation into previous contract awards.
- Secured significant settlement for developer in multi-million dollar action against numerous design professionals for delays caused by survey and site plan errors.
- Represented pharmacy owner in business divorce litigation and separate claim for wrongful distribution of sale of proceeds of additional pharmacy.
- Represented commercial construction subcontractor in claim for breach of contract, breach of prompt payment act against general contractor.
- Represented international label manufacturer subsidiary in connection with various labor and employment disputes.
- Recovered significant settlement for former New Jersey State Police officer in connection with claims of gender discrimination.
Moderator, “The Trial Penalty: The Sixth Amendment on the Verge of Extinction and How to Save It,” Federal Bench-Bar Series, District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, January 23, 2020, Camden NJ. Register here.
Speaker, “Federal Civil Rights Litigation in Uncivil Times,” Burlington County Bar Association, Federal Practice CLE Series, Mt. Laurel, NJ, December 2019
Speaker, “Public Bidding and Bond Concerns,” New Jersey State Bar Association Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, NJ, September 2019
Speaker, “Defending Against the Residential Lien Claim,” Atlantic Builders Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, April 2019
Speaker, “Lien on Me: Mastering New Jersey’s Construction Lien Law,” Edison, NJ, August 2018
Guest Speaker, “Crime and Punishment: A Defense Perspective,” Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, December 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
Speaker, HB Litigation Conferences, Construction Arbitration Seminar, NJ, September 2016
Speaker “Wage Equality – Laws, Realities and Suggestions,” W.I.N. Empowerment Conference, Mt. Laurel, NJ, April 2016
Panelist, New Jersey State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference, Cherry Hill, NJ, March 2016
Gender and Wage Negotiation Seminar, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Willingboro, NJ, March 2016
Panelist, “Tackling Contract Provisions and Insurance Issues,” New Jersey State Bar Association, Mt. Laurel, NJ, November, 2015
Annual Freedom Fund Gala, Southern Burlington County NAACP, Mt. Laurel, NJ, October 2015
Panelist, “Making a Seat at the Table,” Southern Burlington County NAACP, Mt. Laurel, NJ, March 2015
Panelist, Construction Primer CLE, Burlington County Bar Association, Mt. Holly, NJ, March 2015
Moderator, “Construction Defect Litigation,” Construction Law Conference, HB Litigation Conferences, Edison, NJ, September 2014
Panelist, “Tipping the Balance: Fee Shifting in Commercial Litigation,” Burlington County Bar Association, Civil Practice Committee, Mt. Holly, NJ, May 2013
“Limitations on Defense Confrontation Rights in Pretrial Detention Hearings,” New Jersey Lawyer, June 2019 (This article was originally published in the June 2019 issue of New Jersey Lawyer, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is reprinted here with permission.)
“New Jersey Lien Law: A Primer,” Wolf Commercial Real Estate, January 12, 2018
“Key Recommendations for Policing 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
New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2019 and 2020*
New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” List, 2016, 2017, 2018. (While up to 3% of the lawyers in the State are named as “Super Lawyers,” no more than 2.5% are named to the “Rising Stars” list.”)*
SJ Magazine “Top Attorney,” White Collar Crime, 2016*
Southern Burlington County NAACP, Nelson B. Rivers, III, Excellence Award, 2015
South Jersey Magazine, “Awesome Attorney,” 2013, 2014*
Center for Forensic and Economic Studies, Advocacy Award
Rutgers School of Law Class of 1995 Graduation Award
“Challenge Coin” recipient, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office
*A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found here.
National Criminal Defense College
Rutgers University School of Law (J.D.)
Connecticut College (B.A.)
- New Jersey
- United States Supreme Court