Robert Rae Gordon, an AV rated attorney, has over 30 years experience in state and federal courts in Virginia in matters of real estate development, commercial transactions, land use, eminent domain, employment discrimination and civil rights defense. During that time he has represented local governments, financial institutions, title insurance companies, real estate developers and individuals in both litigation and transactions.
Among the many real estate development matters that Mr. Gordon has handled is one of the few consumer protection suits filed under the Federal Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act which forced a Virginia based national bank and regional real estate developer to erase more than $1 million in debt, refund all money paid by his clients and take back over 50 lots in the South Woods development, a 345 acre project in Spotsylvania County.
As a former Judicial Clerk for the 19th Circuit Court of Virginia and Assistant County Attorney in Fairfax County and retained eminent domain counsel for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mr. Gordon brings significant experience in working with both state and local governments in real estate and land development activities. However, as an active real estate developer in Central Virginia, Mr. Gordon also brings a real world perspective to the issues and matters concerning his clients.
After many years in the Washington, DC area, Mr. Gordon has recently relocated to Richmond, Virginia where his practice concentrates on local government law, eminent domain, litigation and rural economic development.
Since returning to Richmond, Mr. Gordon was honored to have been included on Governor Bob McDonnell’s legal team in the successful appeal of his public corruption conviction to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Gordon was the principal architect and author of the firm’s Amicus Curiae brief filed in: (i) the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Benjamin Todd Jealous, Rhodes Scholar and immediate past president of the NAACP, arguing that the voir dire approved for trial was so flawed as to effectively deprive Governor McDonnell of his Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial, and (ii) the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Mr. Jealous, as well as, the Honorable Delores L. McQuinn, 70th District, Virginia House of Delegates and The Honorable Algie T. Howard, Jr. Vice-Chair of the Virginia Parole Board, arguing that the Supreme Court should review Governor McDonnell’s conviction for public corruption because, next to the 19th Century treason prosecutions of Aaron Burr and Jefferson Davis, Governor McDonnell’s ordeal may well have been the most significant federal criminal proceeding in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia – at least in terms of pervasive and intensely negative pretrial publicity. On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed Governor McDonnell’s conviction.