IN MEMORIAM: ALLAN H. GORDON

WHEREAS, Allan Gordon, a native Philadelphian, graduated from Central High School in 1958, earned a B.A. from Temple University in 1963 and a law degree at the top of his class from Temple Law School in 1966; and

WHEREAS, upon graduating from law school, Allan Gordon and some of his classmates founded the law firm of Segal, Zaslow & Gordon, later known as Segal, Weiss, Gordon & Levanson; and

WHEREAS, in 1972, Allan Gordon left the firm he founded to work with his mentor, Herb Kolsby, at Kolsby & Wolfe; and

WHEREAS, Allan Gordon helped grow the firm, later known as Kolsby, Gordon, Robin Shore & Bezar, into one of the premier firms in the city for the representation of plaintiffs in medical malpractice, products liability and other serious personal injury matters; and

WHEREAS, Allan Gordon rose to prominence in the Philadelphia legal community, co-founding the Judge Pro Tempore program within the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; and

WHEREAS, Allan Gordon was an active leader in a variety of professional organizations as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers; and

WHEREAS, Allan Gordon’s leadership in the Philadelphia legal community reached its pinnacle when he served as Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2002, during the Association’s Bicentennial year, a position he described as “the greatest job one can imagine;” and

WHEREAS, after serving as Chancellor, Allan Gordon continued to be an influential leader in the legal community through his law firm and later as a nationally recognized arbitrator with ADR Options.; and

WHEREAS, Allan Gordon was well known for his wit, charm, generosity and dedication to his family and friends; and

WHEREAS, Allan Gordon was a cherished and respected mentor and friend to many attorneys who looked to him for practical advice and guidance,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Philadelphia Bar Association adopts this resolution in recognition of the character, contributions and achievements of Allan H. Gordon, and in honor of a beloved and respected colleague, devoted family member and faithful friend.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: December 16, 2019