Neil C. Gordon
Neil Gordon is a partner in Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department where he focuses his practice on bankruptcy, fraud investigations, and creditor’s rights. A nationally recognized leader in bankruptcy law, with more than 40 years of experience, Mr. Gordon seamlessly guides clients through the complexities of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, debt restructuring, distressed assets, and fraud. Throughout his career, he has counseled secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, receivers, and debtors-in-possession. Mr. Gordon has extensive experience serving as a bankruptcy trustee in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases and as an SEC receiver.
Mr. Gordon began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Vining, Jr., United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. In 1993, Mr. Gordon was appointed to a panel of Chapter 7 trustees in the Northern District of Georgia by the Office of the U.S. Trustee and continues to lead this panel of trustees. He has held every office, including President, of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and authored or co-authored its quarterly case law update for 18 years.
As a bankruptcy trustee and receiver, Mr. Gordon has administered a number of high-profile cases, including John Porter, former Chair of Worldcom; William Johnson, former owner of the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain; Steely Hubert Humphrey, co-founder of A.L. Williams which became part of Primerica; M2Direct; The Grape, Inc.; Alpha Protective Services, Inc.; New Day Atlanta; Zephyr Automotive Finance Co.; Plaza Mortgage & Finance, Inc.; and C.M. Vaughn LLC. The latter cases all involved Ponzi schemes.
Additionally, Mr. Gordon served as the bankruptcy trustee for Bertha Hagler, the ex-spouse of World Boxing Champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler. In that case, Mr. Gordon successfully challenged Ms. Hagler’s mortgage in a case of first impression before the Supreme Court of Georgia in what is known as Gordon I which along with Gordon II established the proper attestation for deeds in Georgia.
Mr. Gordon’s deep knowledge and commitment to bankruptcy law has made him highly respected by bankruptcy judges, lawyers, and trustees around the country. He is a frequent speaker and author, having conducted more than 195 seminar presentations across the United States and having published more than 90 scholarly articles and book chapters on bankruptcy law, which can be found here. From 2002 through 2021, he has co-authored a quarterly article, “In Brief,” for the Journal of The National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.
Mr. Gordon, an Atlanta native, is married with two adult children. As a competitive runner, he won a gold medal in the Atlanta Senior Olympics and represented the Atlanta Track Club on a Men’s Masters Relay Team that broke, and still holds, a world record. At 19, Mr. Gordon co-founded a travel business, Western Odyssey, Inc., specializing in taking teenagers on backpacking, climbing, and camping tours of the National Parks of the Western U.S. and Western Canada.
- American Bankruptcy Institute, Co-Chair of Legislation Committee and Lifetime Member
- American College of Bankruptcy; Fellow
- Atlanta Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, Chair 1992-93, Board Member 1988-94
- Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench
- National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Board of Directors, 2000 – 2014; Executive Committee Member, 2006 – 2014; Secretary, 2006 – 2007; Treasurer, 2007 – 2008; Vice-President, 2008 – 2011; President, 2011 – 2012; Immediate Past President, 2012 – 2013; Past President Director, 2013 – 2014
- National Association of Federal Equity Receivers, Full Member
- State Bar of Georgia, Member
- United States Trustees; Panelist
- Advisory Board (one of eight members) for Costs of BAPCPA, Consumer Bankruptcy Fee Study Final Report
- Member, Chapter 7 Subcommittee for the ABI Commission on Reform of Consumer Bankruptcy Law (one of two trustees so serving)
- Georgia Super Lawyers, various years in both bankruptcy and creditors rights
- Georgia Trend, Legal Elite, various years
- Lawdragon 500, Leading Global Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers, 2020 – 2022
- Lexis-Nexis®/Martindale-Hubbell, Georgia’s Top-Rated Lawyers
- Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2011-2013, Named one of the 100 most influential professionals in Atlanta
- Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
- Fraud Investigations
- Litigation & Dispute Resolution
- University of Georgia, JD
- University of Florida, BSBA
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- United States Supreme Court
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