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Jesse B. Gordon


Jesse Gordon is firm shareholder focusing his practice in the areas of construction law, government contracts and banking and financial institutions.

In his practice, Jesse represents contractors, subcontractors, owners and design professionals before courts, at arbitration, in mediation and before contracting boards. He has worked on cases concerning Dulles Airport, the Pentagon, Tysons Corner Center Mall, and Princess Anne Hospital.

Jesse has experience in cases concerning school buildings, private residences, hotels, wastewater treatment plants, and numerous other construction matters. His experience includes cases involving many different trades, including site work, electrical, mechanical, MEP design, pile installation, window installation and various finish trades. Jesse also specializes in representing banks and financial institutions in litigation.

Obtained Summary Judgment on behalf of an electrical subcontractor for the full amount of its claims and almost the entirety of its attorney fees in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Notably, the court held that an attorney fees provision in a subcontract would be enforced against a surety.

Represented site work contractor in three-day arbitration resulting in recovery of substantially all claims, including contract balance and extra work. Additionally, defeated all back charges.

On behalf of a regional bank, resolved in excess of $30 million in related loans that were guaranteed by 26 defendants on favorable terms.

In the United States District Court for Maryland, obtained dismissal of $1.5 million lawsuit on behalf of a major credit card company, where the cardholder alleged breaches of the cardholder agreement and other torts.

  • Virginia State Bar, Board of Governors of Construction Law and Public Contracts Section
  • Virginia State Bar, Member of Special Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes
  • Virginia Beach Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Virginia Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016-2018
  • Coastal Virginia's Top Lawyers, Construction Law, 2017, 2020-2022
  • Virginia's Legal Elite, Young Lawyer (under 40), 2016 & 2017, Construction Law, 2018-2021
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Construction Law, 2022
  • Lead Hampton Roads Graduate, 2014
  • Virginia Associated Builders and Contractors, Networking and Involvement Committee
  • Red Cross of Coastal Virginia, Former Board Member
  • Norfolk Collegiate School Alumni Association
  • Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation, Board of Directors
Jesse B. Gordon Shareholder Pender & Coward, P.C. Office: (757) 490-6266 Mobile: Fax: (757) 502-7361