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Gordon, Richard 4788043_22893424 Newsletter REVISEDRichard Gordon is a prominent attorney who amassed over 40 years of experience in the field of law prior to his retirement in 2017. Between 2001 and 2017, he served Time Oil Company in Seattle as its General Counsel, having previously served the firm as Corporate Counsel from 1985 to 2001. At the inception of his career, while still an undergraduate at The University of Chicago where he obtained his AB degree in Cultural Anthropology in 1972, he was a Research Assistant at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago for two summers. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law in 1975. Immediately after earning his law degree, he served as the State of Montana’s first full-time Water Rights Hearing Examiner and later as a Special Assistant Attorney General at the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation in Helena from 1975 to 1979. From there, Mr. Gordon became an Assistant Regional Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy, Region X, in Seattle, Washington, a role he held until 1982. Prior to joining Time Oil Company, he was an associate at the Heckendorn Law firm in Seattle for three years.

To remain abreast of developments in the legal industry, Mr. Gordon has maintained affiliation with several bar organizations over the years. An active member of the Washington State Bar Association, he has served on the Environmental and Land Use Section and the Corporate Law Department Section. Mr. Gordon also remains an active member of the State Bar of Montana and its Natural Resources Law Section. Between 1999 and his retirement, Mr. Gordon was an active member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, serving on the Board of Directors of its Washington State Chapter from 1999 to 2009.

Alongside his primary career responsibilities, starting in 2006, Mr. Gordon has been a recurring guest lecturer at both Peking University Law School and Beijing Normal University Law School in Beijing, China, lecturing on various aspects of U.S. Environmental Law. Mr. Gordon has traveled to Beijing to lecture there six times to date and is preparing to return to Beijing to lecture again in 2020. Married to his wife, Jing (Jennifer) Wu since 2007, he holds deep connections to Chinese culture and tradition through his wife’s family and hopes to spend more time in China in the future.

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