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Gordon Magella

Associate
Overview

Gordon Magella is an Associate in the Litigation practice group at Greenspoon Marder LLP. He focuses his practice on civil litigation and landlord tenant matters. Mr. Magella has over eleven years of experience as a litigator in all levels of state and federal courts. He has represented clients as a public defender, at a disability nonprofit, and in private practice. He started his career in Ohio where he took over 60 cases to the state court of appeals and argued twice before the Ohio Supreme Court. He also has experience with complex federal litigation, including representing plaintiffs in two class actions and arguing before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining Greenspoon Marder, he spent four years as a staff attorney at Disability Rights Oregon. He worked on policy issues that affected the rights of people with developmental disabilities to access community-based services, represented a putative class of 3,000 children and 8,000 adults with developmental disabilities whose in-home support services were reduced 30% by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and advocated for people with disabilities to receive reasonable accommodations. He spent three years as a juvenile public defender. He also spent four years in private practice representing clients in complex litigation in federal court, tax controversies, administrative appeals, and a variety of other business-related matters.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Education

  • J.D., University of Toledo College of Law, 2008
  • B.A., Hanover College, cum laude, 2004
Experience

Professional and Community Involvement

  • OSB Disability Law Section, Executive Committee, 2016-Present
    • Chair, 2018
  • Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, Member, 2018-2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “You Won! Now What?, AI Now Litigating Algorithms,” New York University, (See Litigating Algorithms 2019 US Reports: New Challenges to Government Use of Algorithmic Decision Systems,  https://ainowinstitute.org/litigatingalgorithms-2019-us.pdf), June 21, 2019
  • Panelist, Interacting and Working Together When Mental Health or Cognitive Disability is a Concern, Practicing Inclusion: How to Best Represent Clients with Disabilities, Oregon State Bar cosponsored by the Disability Law Section, (See https://www.osbar.org/cle/2019/DIS19.pdf), June 7, 2019