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Gail B. Gordon, Esq., a native of Pittsburgh, PA, is of counsel to the law firm of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader with 5 offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She also operates her own public affairs consulting firm. She is a member of the bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
She is well-recognized for her work in government & community relations, crisis management, as well as for her political, hospital and non-profit fundraising expertise. She represents several business entities, primarily those with an interest in business growth and economic development, environmental regulations and real estate transactions.
Gordon began her career working on the press staff of Pennsylvania Governor (and later Attorney General of the United States) Dick Thornburgh while she was at Carnegie-Mellon University. Governor Thornburgh loaned her to EPA Administrator Anne Gorsuch to serve as a speechwriter during the administration of President Ronald Reagan.
In the mid-80s, she joined the prestigious New York PR firm of Howard J. Rubenstein Associates, where she counseled clients with complex public relations challenges, such as US Tobacco, the defendant in the nation’s first major products liability lawsuit. She became the firm’s youngest senior vice president and left the firm to work directly with US Tobacco’s president, former NFL great Nick Buoniconti.
Gordon joined Mr. Buoniconti to create the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, based at the University of Miami School of Medicine. The event they founded, “The Great Sports Legends Dinner,” now in its 30th year at the Waldorf in New York City, still stands as one of the largest one-night fundraising events in the country. For her efforts, she was named University of Miami Medical Center’s Woman of the Year in 1990.
Returning to her native Pittsburgh to attend Duquesne Law School, she helped create the Mario Lemieux Foundation to benefit cancer and neonatal research with her friend hockey superstar Mario Lemieux — and assisted with various outreaches as he purchased the Pittsburgh Penguin hockey franchise out of bankruptcy in 2000.
Since moving to New Jersey in 2008, Gordon has served as a member of Governor Chris Christie’s Finance Committee, and as co-chair of Senator Joe Kyrillos’ run for the US Senate. Ms. Gordon was named to Governor Christie’s Transition Team in 2009.
Governor Christie also named her to be chairperson of the 2011 and 2012 NJ Governor’s Conference for Women, an annual 2-day event attended by over 1200 persons.
She was honored in 2013 by the New Jersey Women’s Political Caucus with the Carol M. Murphy Award presented to the “Republican woman who has had a successful career, demonstrated leadership, advanced policies in support of women and families and helped pave the way for the next generation of women.” She was also named one of NJ’s “100 Most Influential People” by Campaign and Elections magazine and in spring 2014 she was named “A Woman of Influence in New Jersey” at the New Jersey Commerce and Industry Association’s annual symposium.
Gordon also serves as vice chairman of the New Jersey Hall of Fame and as chair of the Hall’s annual induction ceremony. She is also vice chairperson and a founder of the Dick Thornburgh Center for Law & Public Policy at the University of Pittsburgh and on the Foundation Board of the Hackensack University Medical Center which recently merged with the Meridian Health System to become New Jersey’s largest private employer.
She is also on the advisory board of Community Options, a charity focused on housing and employment options for persons with disabilities. She and her husband, Senator Robert M. Gordon (NJ-38) are the co-chairs of the annual 5K Cupid’s Chase run held throughout New Jersey.
Gordon has spoken to many diverse audiences including those at: Berkeley College, Rutgers University, University of Pittsburgh and Yale University. She also annually teaches two seminars at Rutgers University aimed at introducing young people to the political process.
Sometimes referred to as the “Mary Matalin and James Carville” of New Jersey, Gordon’s husband is Democrat Bob Gordon, 3-term state senator and member of New Jersey Senate leadership.