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 counsels clients on derivatives regulation and derivatives issues in M&A, restructuring and securitization matters and acts as lead counsel in securitization offerings.

Scott is recognized as a “leading lawyer” for Derivatives in the 2014–2022 editions of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and the 2015–2022 editions of Chambers Global, The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Clients describe him as “a good lawyer and a problem solver” and praise his strengths as “technical expertise, the ability to effectively communicate, being a good listener and his care for the end product.” 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. He also received the Lawyers Alliance for New York (LANY) Cornerstone Award for his pro bono work with LANY clients in 2012.


Thought Leadership


Faculty, Strafford Webinar: Rendering Structured Finance Opinions Of Counsel: Substantive Consolidation, Authority to File Bankruptcy and More, 2014-2017

Presenter, “Rendering Structured Finance Opinions of Counsel: Substantive Consolidation, Authority to File Bankruptcy and More,” Strafford webinar, August 2014

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

Memberships & Affiliations

Board Member, Lawyers Alliance for New York

Member, Advisory Council, Simon Business School


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., Economics1984