Robert D. Gordon is a partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice. He represents and provides strategic counsel to distressed companies, significant creditor constituencies, and other parties-in-interest in complex and high-stakes corporate and public-sector restructurings. Currently, Mr. Gordon is serving as counsel to the Official Committee of Retirees in the restructuring proceedings for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, representing the interests of approximately 160,000 public-sector retirees who, along with active employees, are owed approximately $58 billion in connection with the funding of their accrued pensions. Before joining the firm in 2017, Mr. Gordon served as special restructuring counsel to the Detroit Retirement Systems in the City of Detroit’s landmark Chapter 9 bankruptcy case. With extensive knowledge of bankruptcy law and how it can affect corporations and governmental entities, Mr. Gordon provides insight and informed guidance to parties confronting insolvency issues and distressed situations.
In addition to his central role in the public-sector bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the City of Detroit, Mr. Gordon has played key roles in numerous private-sector restructurings arising out of a broad range of industries, including energy, telecommunications, automotive/manufacturing, real estate, gaming and hospitality, retail, and aviation. Among his clients are distressed companies, independent directors, creditors’ and retirees’ committees, pension systems, secured and unsecured creditors, distressed-asset investors, lessors, trustees and liquidating agents. He is able to achieve superior results for his clients by simultaneously bringing creativity and pragmatism to engagements while deftly leveraging legal positions. He provides both effective transactional advice from a creditors’ rights perspective and skilled litigation representation, including in fraudulent transfer actions, preference actions, and other commercial and bankruptcy-related litigation, and has argued cases before numerous courts.
Mr. Gordon is also currently serving as a federal court-appointed receiver in a Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action involving an international Ponzi scheme. He is also a member of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER).
Mr. Gordon has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law every year from 2010 to the present. He is a frequent speaker on, among other topics, municipal bankruptcy, including its potential impact on retiree benefits. He has served on the American Bankruptcy Institute’s NYC Bankruptcy Conference Advisory Board, 2018-21. He is also a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee.