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Mentors shaped career of firm's new president

Effective April 1, Kevin D. Gordon named president of Crowe & Dunlevy.
by Paula Burkes Published: April 22, 2012

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?

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by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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Position: President, Crowe & Dunlevy

Birth date: June 23, 1958

Family: Wife Janice Mathews-Gordon, an acrylic painter; son, Trace, 26, and daughter-in-law, Agata, of Los Angeles; and daughter Elise, 18

Education: Westminster College and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis

Professional and civic contributions: American Bar Association, honored for a decade of outstanding continuing legal education in insurance law; founding member of The Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court in Oklahoma City; the Oklahoma County Bar Association board of directors; Youth Services for Oklahoma County, past president and 25-year board member

Pastimes: Fly fishing, gardening and reading (favorite authors include Donna Leon whose murder mysteries are based in Venice, where he and Janice celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary)


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