Steven M. Gordon

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Steve is one of the founders of the firm having practiced in New Hampshire since the1970s. He has an active an extensive federal and state trial practice, representing individuals and businesses in complex litigation in both state and federal courts. He has been recognized as the "ideal" New Hampshire attorney, as voted by lawyers throughout the state for his work in complex litigation, criminal law, and First Amendment litigation, and has been recognized for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers’ listings.

Steve has been selected for inclusion to the Best Lawyers publication for "Bet the Company Litigation,” a significant distinction from one of the oldest and most trusted attorney rating services in the country. The emphasis of his practice has been in the area of white-collar criminal defense, business litigation, and First Amendment defense.

In September 2017, he successfully obtained a record-breaking $275 million jury verdict on behalf of three businessmen in a New Hampshire defamation lawsuit. The historic judgment involved one of the nation's largest mortgage brokers. He earlier obtained a precedent breaking victory against mobster Whitey Bulger and the FBI resulting in a Massachusetts Federal District Court finding the FBI legally responsible for the wrongful death of one of its top echelon confidential informants, literally at the hands of Bulger.

Over the course of his career, Steve has represented a range of individuals and businesses in the Federal District Courts of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts in federal criminal investigations. He also represented throughout the New Hampshire state courts a range of corporations and individuals involved in corporate disputes related to breaches of fiduciary duties, contract disputes, and shareholder disputes. His practice also focuses on counseling health care clients on compliance with federal and state regulations and billing and coding practices, and represents hospitals, medical staffs and physicians in internal investigations and disputes regarding privileges.

Steve has also represented a number of corporations in conducting internal investigations as part of the law firm's corporate governance practice. He has advised and assisted corporate boards of directors in exercising their duties and responsibilities under the Sarbanes-Oxley statute, and has lectured on the subject. He also has a very active practice representing lawyers before New Hampshire's Professional Conduct Committee, and was successful in challenging the process by which the New Hampshire Bar Association summarily suspends attorneys who are charged with criminal offenses.

Steve came to New Hampshire in 1974 to serve as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Hugh H. Bownes. Upon completion of his clerkship, Steve returned to Washington, D.C. where he served as legal counsel to United States Senator John A Durkin from 1976-1977. In 1977, William H. Shaheen, who had been appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire, hired Steve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and they have worked together ever since. In 1981, Steve and Bill saw a need for a creative and client-centered law firm and founded Shaheen & Gordon.

Honors and Community Involvement

  • Legal Counsel to the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and Panel Member.
  • Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Public Defender Program.
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991 in the areas of criminal defense and First Amendment.
  • Recognized as one of New England’s Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Highest Rating in Legal Directory Martindale-Hubbell (AV).
  • Dunfey-Kanteres award winner given in recognition of his efforts in successfully prosecuting a claim against the State Republican Party for interfering with the rights of New Hampshire voters to participate freely and fairly in a public election.
  • Member of the Local Rule Subcommittee of the Federal Court Advisory Committee.
  • Member of the First Circuit Court of Appeals Advisory.


  • B.A. American University, Washington, D.C., 1971.
  • J.D. Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. 1974.

Representative Cases

Record-Breaking $275 Million Defamation Verdict

Successfuly obtained a record-breaking $275 million jury verdict on behalf of three businessmen in a New Hampshire defamation lawsuit. The historic judgment involved one of the nation's largest mortgage brokers.

Defended NH Attorney in Malpractice Claim

Successfully defended NH attorney in malpractice claim with the court granting motion for summary judgment.

No Criminal Charges - Defended Large NH Business in Federal Criminal Investigation

Successfully defended large NH business in federal criminal investigation involving computer and business fraud; after extensive investigation no criminal charges were filed.

Defended Individual Importer of Pharmaceuticals in Federal Case

Successfully defended individual importer of pharmaceuticals indicted in the federal district court for the District of New Hampshire for trafficking and importing counterfeit goods. After Shaheen & Gordon's retention all charges against the individual were dismissed.

Not Guilty Verdict - Vehicular Homicide Case Involving Truck Driver

Successfully defended a truck driver on 4 counts of vehicular homicide with jury acquittals on all counts following trial. State claimed that driver of the truck was criminally responsible for driving at an excessive speed in a well-marked construction site, resulting in the deaths of 4 individuals. The jury disagreed and returned not guilty verdicts on all counts.

Defended a Real-Estate Developer on Bank Fraud Charges

Successfully defended a real-estate developer on Bank Fraud charges in the Federal District Court for Massachusetts, with the jury returning not guilty verdicts on all 284 counts of the indictment.

Defended Provider of Domain Name Registration

Successfully defended one the nation's largest providers of domain name registration services in a suit alleging violations of the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and the Lanham Act, with federal district court granting summary judgment.

Sued the FBI for the Death of John McIntyre

Successfully sued the FBI for the death of John McIntyre. The suit brought under the Federal Torts Claim act claimed that former FBI Agent John Connolly leaked McIntyre's cooperation to gangster Whitey Bulger, resulting in McIntyre's execution. The federal district court for the District of Massachusetts awarded the McIntyre Estate $3.1 million which was affirmed on appeal by the First Circuit.

Acquittal After Trial - Assault Against a Police Officer.

Successfully defended Dartmouth College student charged with assault on a police officer. Acquittal after trial.

No Criminal Charges Against Broker

Successfully defended broker in internal revenue service investigation. After extensive investigation, no criminal charges were brought and a civil settlement reached.

No Charges Filed in Federal Investigation

Successfully defended real estate developer in federal criminal investigation alleging violations of the federal banking laws. After investigation no charges were filed.

No Charges Filed Against CEO of Publicly Traded Company

Successfully defended a CEO of a publicly traded company in a criminal investigation, alleging violations of state securities laws; after an extensive investigation no criminal charges were filed.

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