Focus on appellate litigation

Joshua Gordon's practice is devoted to assisting businesses, individuals, law firms, and institutional attorneys who find themselves litigating on the appellate level. Since 1993 Attorney Gordon has handled 256 federal and state appeals. Of those, 96 have resulted in full published opinions, some have been decided by summary decree, and others have settled when private resolutions were appropriate.

Because appellate litigation is a niche, Attorney Gordon's practice spans a wide variety of legal practice areas, including commercial disputes, employment, land use, condominiums, probate, government agency, criminal, and personal injury. He has handled cases in family law including pensions, pre-nuptials, cross-state jurisdiction, adoption, child welfare, parenting, and guardianships. He has argued municipal, election, zoning, construction, and building appeals from several perspectives. Attorney Gordon has been involved in commercial and employment cases, including non-competes, trade secrets, finance, securities, banking, and consumer protection. He has several times vindicated the rights of people wrongly convicted, including in the United States Supreme Court.

Many trial attorneys are unfamiliar with the specialized rules of an appellate forum, or cannot find the uninterrupted time required for detailed appellate research and writing. This is especially true if an appeal poses new or important constitutional or statutory questions, requires state-by-state comparison of law, or involves legislative history. Sometimes separate appellate counsel may improve a case because the appellate attorney was not involved with trial strategy decisions and is therefore not colored by them.

Attorney Gordon's legal briefs are well researched, well documented, and well written. Having conducted 125 appellate oral arguments, his courtroom advocacy is professional and organized. He can seamlessly conduct an appellate case from notice of appeal through final decision, while ensuring trial counsel and other professionals maintain their existing client relationships.

Attorney Gordon is located near Concord, the state capital. He maintains subscriptions to major federal and state electronic research databases, and is close to New Hampshire’s only major law libraries and the New Hampshire archives.

If you or your client are involved in or considering an appeal, please call.

Bar Memberships

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Professional Associations and Board Memberships

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Articles and Journal Publications

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Teaching, Appellate Conferences and Seminars

  • Faculty, New Hampshire Association of Justice 21st Annual Family Law Forum (Mar. 5, 2021).
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Association of Justice 20th Annual Family Law Forum (Feb. 13, 2020).
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Seminar, What Criminal Defense Lawyers Need to Know About Family Law (Nov. 15, 2019)
  • Faculty, NH Bar Association, Family Law Section, Appellate Litigation (May 16, 2019)
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Association of Justice 19th Annual Family Law Forum (Feb. 8, 2019).
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Association of Justice 18th Annual Family Law Forum (Feb. 9, 2018).
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Association of Justice 17th Annual Family Law Forum (Feb. 10, 2017).
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Family Law Section, Seminar, Adultery Law in New Hampshire (Dec. 1, 2016).
  • ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers Institute, Philadelphia (November 10-13, 2016).
  • Federal Criminal Appellate Practice Seminar, Boston (Apr. 14, 2016).
  • Faculty, NH Bar Association, Family Law Appellate Practice (May 12, 2015).
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Association of Justice 15th Annual Family Law Forum (Feb. 13, 2015).
  • Instructor, Know Your Rights Workshops, Seminars for High School Students (2012-2016).
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Municipal Law Association, Seminar, Lawyer Confidentiality and the Right-to-Know (June 22, 2011).
  • Federal Criminal Appellate Practice Seminar (Portland, Maine, May 13, 2011).
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Association of Justice Family Law Forum (Feb. 18, 2011).
  • Federal Practice Institute (Nov. 12, 2010).
  • ABA Appellate Judges Institute, San Francisco (2005).
  • US District Court, Federal Sentencing After Booker (2005).
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Bar Association, Appellate Advocacy CLE (2002).
  • Faculty, New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Forum CLE (2001).
  • Committee on Cooperation with the Court, New Hampshire Appellate System: Looking to the Future, Barlett N.H. (Nov. 19-20, 1999).
  • Defense Research Institute, Appellate Advocacy Seminar, Washington, D.C. (Jan. 28-29, 1999).
  • Boston Bar Foundation, First Circuit Appellate practice Seminar, Boston, MA (Oct. 23, 1997).
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Oral Advocacy for Lawyers, Manchester, N.H. (July 18, 1996).
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, New Hampshire Appellate Practice, Bedford, N.H. (Jan. 19, 1996).
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Judicial Clerkship

  • Judicial Clerk for Justice William Batchelder (retired) New Hampshire Supreme Court (1991-1992).
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Education & Previous Employment

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