Judge Leo M. Gordon has served as a judge of the United States Court of International Trade since March 2006. Judge Gordon is responsible for resolving judicial disputes involving challenges to the administration and enforcement of the federal customs and international trade laws by principally U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and Labor, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. In addition to his judicial duties, Judge Gordon has chaired, at different times, the Court’s Rules, Budget, Public Affairs/Education, and Strategic Planning Committees. Judge Gordon began his career in 1977 as Assistant Counsel at the Subcommittee on Monopolies and Commercial Law, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives. In that capacity, Judge Gordon was the principal attorney responsible for the Customs Courts Act of 1980 that created the U.S. Court of International Trade. He also had responsibilities involving a wide range of antitrust and other commercial law legislative projects.
Judge Gordon is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Judges Association (“FJA”), serves on its Executive Committee, and co-chairs the Association’s Benefits Committee. Judge Gordon is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Judges Association (“FJA”), serves on its Executive Committee, and co-chairs the Association’s Benefits Committee.
Judge Gordon is a Fellow (Miembro de Numero) of the International Customs Law Academy (“ICLA”). He has addressed the annual meeting of the ICLA in 2012 in Cancun, Mexico speaking on the “Resolution of Customs Disputes in the United States in the Digital Age,” and in 2014 in New York speaking on “The U.S. Court of International Trade and Its Role in U.S. Customs Law.” Judge Gordon is also a Director of the Academia de Intercambio y Estudios Judiciales (“AIEJ”) (The Academy for the Interchange and Study of Judicial Matters) based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2013, he has conducted several judicial training programs for AIEJ in the United States and Argentina. He also played a principal role in the development of AIEJ’s training program for 2017 and 2018.
Judge Gordon attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He received a J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law. Judge Gordon is a member of the New Jersey, Georgia, and District of Columbia Bars.