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Deborah S. Gordon

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Deborah S. Gordon


Office: School of Law, Room 281
Phone: 215.571.4811
Fax: 215.571.4712

Administrative Support:
Donna Strunk
Phone: 215.571.4802


Deborah Gordon’s research and scholarly interests focus on the role of language, emotion and gender in inheritance law.

Professor Gordon is a former counsel and associate with Day Berry & Howard, LLP in Stamford, Conn., where she handled sophisticated estate and tax planning, business and succession planning, pre-marital planning, estate administration and litigation involving fiduciaries and beneficiaries. Previously, she was a pro bono fellow and then an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City.

Her article, “Reflecting on the Language of Death,” appeared in the Seattle University Law Review in 2011 and the 2014 Kansas Law Review published "Letters Non-Testamentary," about the relationship between letters written in anticipation of death and inheritance law.    

She received her JD from New York University School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif, earned the Benjamin F. Butler memorial Award for Scholarship, Character and Professional Activities, and was editor-in-chief of The New York University Law Review.

She clerked for Judge I. Leo Glasser of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

She received the Dean Jennifer L. Rosato Excellence in the Classroom Award in 2017.