Mercedes Colwin



    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, civil rights violations and criminal law.


    A highly-respected defense attorney, 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 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.



New York
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