Adam Gordon

Mr. Gordon is a highly experienced trial lawyer focused on business litigation and white collar criminal defense/SEC investigations. He developed his skills as a trial lawyer while a Deputy District Attorney in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.


Mr. Gordon graduated Harvard University in 2004, where he played wide receiver on Harvard’s varsity football team. For his work as a student-athlete, he was awarded the Francis H. Burr Scholarship Prize and the Patrick C. Melendez Award. Mr. Gordon subsequently graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (eligibility only for top third of the class), Extramural Moot Court Chairman and a finalist in the William Minor Lile Moot Court.

Employment Background

Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, Mr. Gordon worked as a Senior Associate at Fitzgerald Knaier LLP. His areas of practice included complex business litigation, copyright infringement, breach of contract, wage and hour litigation and corporate alter ego litigation.

Mr. Gordon also worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, where he was assigned to the Central Pre-Trial Unit, Gang Unit, East County Branch and Superior Court Division, and tried 30 cases to jury verdict. He began his career by serving on the trial team which successfully prosecuted one of the murderers of Oceanside Police Officer Dan Bessant. Mr. Gordon rose through the ranks and assumed first chair responsibility, leading him to prosecute jury trials in cases such as premeditated attempted murder, gang violence, assault causing great bodily injury, battery causing great bodily injury, robbery and residential burglary.

Representative Matters

  • Defended business executive during federal trial against charges of criminal copyright infringement in the Northern District of California
  • Defended foreign business executive indicted by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California related to the “Fat Leonard” U.S. Navy bribery scandal
  • Represented corporation responding to order to show cause and numerous subpoenas in state criminal matters
  • Advocated and assisted clients who were victims and witnesses of crimes being prosecuted by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
  • Represented several San Diego businesses in responding to federal grand jury subpoenas
  • Defended an elected official against charges of public corruption
  • Obtained jail time against a serial violator of a Civil Harassment Restraining Order
  • Pat & Oscar’s Concepts, Inc. v. Casual Food Group, et. al. This lawsuit was brought by the owner of the Pat & Oscar’s restaurant brand against a group of former Pat & Oscar’s franchisees, who converted their restaurants to O’s American Kitchen following the bankruptcy of Pat & Oscar’s. Although the plaintiff sought over $23 million in damages against the former franchisees, the main cause of action resulted in a hung jury. The Court subsequently declined to award any actual damages to plaintiff, and instead, awarded a total of $100 in nominal damages

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Honorable William Enright Inn of Court
  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California

Community Affiliations

  • Board Member, Episcopal Community Services (2017)
  • Board Member, San Diego Regional Chamber Young Leaders (2016)
  • Member of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary (2016)