Judith Gordon

Lecturer in Law

  • B.A. Wayne State University, 1976
  • J.D. Wayne State University, 1981

Judith Gordon teaches The Law and Your Life: Aligning Your Personal Values with the Practice of Law/Fundamentals of Professional Development. This course was developed to equip law students with the nondoctrinal skills needed to succeed in practice, increase practice engagement and fulfillment, and diminish attrition.

Gordon is the founder and principal of LeaderEsQ, LLC, a coaching and training consulting firm focused on the legal profession, and the Center for Thriving in Law, a digital learning platform providing attorneys and law students with tools and strategies for high-performance, resilience, emotional intelligence, productivity and other essential practice skills. Gordon incorporates engagement, experience and storytelling in her teaching and facilitation to maximize learning and retention. Her programs are designed to prepare lawyers to excel in the high-pressure environment of law. Grounded in emotional intelligence and neurobiology, her approach aligns high-demand work practices in our technology-driven era for greater productivity, performance, energy and enjoyment.

Judith writes and presents regularly on issues of attorney professional development and building a sustainable career in the legal profession. She is a frequent guest on podcasts for the legal profession her articles appear in numerous legal publications, such as Law Practice Today and Law360.   

Gordon was Associate Director of Communications at the Milken Institute, an economic think tank in Santa Monica, where she co-authored Economic Prosperity, Women and Access to Credit: Best Practices in the Financial Markets (2000), a Special Report commissioned by the National Women’s Business Council, the Advisory Panel to the U.S. President and Congress on economic issues important to women business owners.

Gordon was Director of Marketing and Professional Development at Buchalter Nemer, APC for nearly a decade. While there, she developed an internal mentoring program that trained attorneys in fundamental business and professional development skills.

Gordon practiced law in New York prior to her segue into communication and attorney professional development.