Scott is “a great lawyer” and “an excellent attorney who is very knowledgeable in his area and has a keen sense of managing business and legal issues.” - Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Scott Gordon is the leader of Kirkland’s Derivatives Practice and a member of the Asset Finance and Securitization Practice. Scott is a leading counsel to end-users, representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to many of the world’s preeminent private equity funds and their portfolio companies in connection with structuring, negotiating and documenting interest rate, currency, commodity, credit and equity derivative transactions. Scott also advises clients on derivatives regulation and derivatives issues in M&A, restructuring and securitization matters and acts as lead counsel in securitization offerings.

Scott is also a senior member of Kirkland’s Asset Finance & Securitization Practice, where he acts as lead counsel in securitization transactions, with a focus on timeshare loans and esoteric assets, and handles matters relating to collateralized loan obligation (CLO) and collateralized fund obligation (CFO) transactions.

Scott is recognized as a “leading lawyer” for Derivatives in the 2014–2023 editions of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and the 2015–2024 editions of Chambers Global, The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In the 2022 edition of Chambers USA, clients describe him as “a great lawyer” and “an excellent attorney who is very knowledgeable in his area and has a keen sense of managing business and legal issues.” They praise Scott’s ability to guide clients “through a number of time-sensitive parts of a complex transaction” and for always providing “excellent service on complex ISDA matters.” Previous editions of Chambers USA and of Chambers Global have noted that clients also praise Scott’s strengths as “technical expertise, the ability to effectively communicate, being a good listener and his care for the end product” and that clients describe Scott as "very collaborative, a problem-solver" and say he "has a good balance of the commercial aspects of the derivatives market." Clients also praise Scott as "a master of the domains within which he practices" and "a very strong negotiator on our behalf.“

Most recently, he was recognized in IFLR1000 for 2023 as “Highly Regarded” in Derivatives law; a designation conferred upon “[l]awyers who are highly regarded by their peers, possess a strong transactional record and consistently receive positive client feedback.

The 2014 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. noted that, Scott brings “good insight into current market terms and provides pragmatic advice.” In 2014, IFLR1000 also lauded Scott’s work in Derivatives, citing his guidance to corporate clients.

Scott received the Lawyers Alliance for New York (LANY) Cornerstone Award for excellence in his pro bono work with LANY clients in 2012.

Representative Clients


  • ABRY Partners, Apollo, Bain Capital, Blackstone, Blue Owl Capital, Brookfield Asset Management, KKR, Lone Star, Madison Deaborn Partners, Oaktree, Starwood, Summit Partners, Thoma Bravo, TPG, Vista Equity Partners and Warburg Pincus


  • Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Fox Corporation, Just Energy Group, Kellogg, Travel + Leisure and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts


Thought Leadership


Panelist, “Navigating the Evolving Cross-Border CDS Landscape”, Kirkland European Restructuring Webinar Series, July 2020

Presenter, “Demystifying Derivatives”, PLI Pocket MBA Program, November 2018

Faculty, Strafford Webinar: Rendering Structured Finance Opinions of Counsel: Substantive Consolidation, Authority to File Bankruptcy and More, 2014–2018

Presenter, “Dodd-Frank’s End-User Exception to Mandatory Clearing: A Guide for Corporates and their Legal Counsel on Board Responsibilities,” Chatham Financial Webinar, March 2013

Moderator, "Emerging ABS Sector Review," American Securitization Forum Conference, January 2013


Co-Author, “Spotlight on Russia Credit Default Swaps,” Kirkland Alert, April 21, 2022

Author, “Demystifying Derivatives”, PLI Pocket MBA: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals, November 2018


IFLR1000, Derivatives, 2014, 2023

Chambers USA, Capital Markets: Derivatives, 2014–2023

Chambers Global, Capital Markets: Derivatives, 2015–2020, 2023–2024

The Legal 500 U.S., Structured Finance: Securitization, 2020

The Legal 500 U.S., Structured Finance: Derivatives and Structured Products, 2012, 2014–2019

IFLR1000, Derivatives, 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, Simon Business School, 2011–2022

Board Member, Lawyers Alliance for New York, 2017–2021


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1995New York


  • Fordham University School of LawJ.D.1993
  • University of Rochester, Simon Business SchoolM.B.A., Finance & Public Accounting1985
  • University of RochesterB.A., Economicscum laude1984
    with Honors