Mercedes Colwin is the Managing Partner of Gordon & Rees’s New York office. She handles a wide variety of litigation, including employment law, commercial litigation, class actions, products liability, professional liability, wage and hour class actions, civil rights violations and criminal law.
Ms. Colwin has successfully tried 46 cases to verdict in various jurisdictions throughout the U.S. Ms. Colwin regularly defends corporate executives from Fortune 500 companies accused of wrongdoing including claims of sexual misconduct. Prior to private practice, Ms. Colwin served as an Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Division of Human Rights.
During her nine years of service, while a partner at a major regional New York law firm, she presided over three thousand cases brought under the federal and state discrimination laws.
Recently, Forbes Business American Airlines named Ms. Colwin one of the six most influential women in America. The list included dignitaries such as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright. The Long Island Business News recognized her as one of New York’s rising “young stars” under the age of 40. Notre Dame Law School also presented Ms. Colwin with the prestigious Graciela Olivarez Award for outstanding achievement as a leading Hispanic lawyer of the highest ethical and moral standards. MultiCultural Law magazine also profiled Ms. Colwin in a Leadership interview titled, Reaching Back to Diversify the Legal Profession.
Widely regarded as one of the top national legal analysts on the Fox News Network, she regularly appears on the network to discuss critical legal issues and high profile cases.
U.S. District Courts, New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Defense Research Institute
Professional Liability Underwriting Society
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
National Association of Insurance Women
New York County Lawyers Association
The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Council on Litigation Management
J.D., Brooklyn Law School
B.A., English, New York University
“Six Most Influential Women in America,” Forbes Business American Airlines
New York's Rising "Young Stars" Under 40, Long Island Business News
Minority Rainmaker Recognition, Diversity & the Bar magazine, a publication of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, 2011
Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Civil Litigation Defense, Employment Litigation Defense and Criminal Defense (2007-2012
Graciela Olivarez Award for outstanding achievement as a leading Hispanic lawyer, Notre Dame Law School
"Alumni Achievement Award," The Brooklyn Law School Latin American Law Students Association (2011)