Kevin Gordon is the newly elected president of Crowe & Dunlevy.
A director, Gordon has practiced with the firm since passing the bar in 1984. He has served on its executive committee for several years, chairs the administrative and regulatory practice group and concentrates his practice on health care litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation and administrative law.
Gordon, 53, recently sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his professional and personal life. This is an edited transcript:
Q: Can you tell us about your roots?
A: My parents are both attorneys. My father, J. Dell Gordon, is a federal administrative appeals judge with the Social Security Administration. My mother, Marylu Gordon, is now retired but most recently served as the lawyer on the MAPS projects. When they got together, my mother was divorced and I was about 5 and my younger brother, now an English professor at University of Central Oklahoma, was 4. My father adopted us and later, they adopted our twin sisters, who are 11 years younger. One is a homemaker in Oklahoma City, and the other owns a spa and hotel in Santa Fe with her husband.
Q: Was it your boyhood dream to become a lawyer?
A: From high school on. I took debate at John Marshall and found I liked the process of research and analysis, designing an argument and learning to think objectively. Our team traveled to some 13 competitions nationwide, and I was state champion in extemporary speaking and third in the state in debate. A national merit finalist, I won a scholarship to Westminster in Fulton, Mo., where I majored in philosophy and political science.
Q: You and your wife, Janice, have been married 33 years. Did you meet at college?
A: No. Janice was an art major and started at Southwestern in Weatherford. We met one summer during college, working for the city parks department at Ross Park, east of French Market Mall. The following fall semester, I racked up $2,000 in long-distance phone calls. We decided to marry and I took the spring semester off to earn money for the wedding. We returned to Fulton together as RAs, or dorm parents, and in 1981, Janice became the first female graduate of Westminster. We moved to St. Louis, for me to attend law school. And after I earned my degree, we moved home and I joined Crowe & Dunlevy.
Q: You taught health law for eight years at University of Oklahoma's law school. What are your thoughts on the legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act?