November 06, 2001
Bar Association to Host Annual Meeting Luncheon on Dec. 4On Dec. 4, as Allan H. Gordon, Esq., a partner with the firm of Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar, addresses his colleagues as the new Chancellor of America's oldest chartered metropolitan bar association, he will be standing on the threshold of history. The Bar's 75th Chancellor will preside over the city's legal community during the busiest and most event-filled year in the Association's history: it's Bicentennial. Gordon will make his debut at the Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Dec. 4 at noon in the Marriott's Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building.
Approaching the event with customary humility, Gordon deflects attention and simply hopes that he will be ready for "the unexpected events that come my way."
Confronting life's unexpected events and overcoming pitfalls along the way is an Allan Gordon trademark. This Philadelphia native was a restless student who was advised by a guidance counselor to skip college and pursue manual labor. After service in the Army, Gordon ignored that advice and entered Temple University, where he worked his way through school and found that a business law class in his senior year whet his appetite for more. At Temple Law School he made Law Review in his first year and graduated near the top of his class.
A drive to excel and a head for numbers propelled Gordon through several business and government-related legal jobs until he became a partner at Segal, Weiss and Gordon, where he began to make his mark as a plaintiff's trial lawyer. He got to know the city's great trial lawyers and was inspired by the likes of Herb Kolsby, who eventually became his mentor. In 1971, Gordon joined Kolsby and today is a partner at Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar, where his practice is concentrated in professional malpractice, products liability, drug and personal injury law.
A former president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Allan Gordon has always been involved in the organized bar and continuing professional education. Elected to the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors in 1995, he served as Chair of the Board and was elected Vice Chancellor in 1999. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Gordon has lectured at Jefferson University Medical College, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and at several law schools including Dickinson, Villanova and Temple's Beasley School of Law. Listed in the current edition of "The Best Lawyers in America," Gordon delights in sharing his knowledge and expertise with others and foresees a bright future for Philadelphia and its legal community. One of his goals for 2002 is "finding new ways for our Association to maximize resources and learn to do more with less so that we can better serve the profession and the community."
Also at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, the Bar Association will present the Bar Medal to former Common Please Court President Judge Alex Bonavitacola, and former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Robert C. Heim will receive the Association's First Union Fidelity.
Tickets for the Bar's Annual Meeting Luncheon are $40 for Association members and $45 for nonmembers. To register, visit the Bar Association's Web site or call (215) 238-6300.