Richard W. Gordon

Richard W. Gordon

General Counsel
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Richard W. Gordon is the General Counsel of Dale Buchanan and Associates. He graduated with a B.A. from Thomas Edison State University, a J.D. cum laude from New England School of Law and went on to graduate from Harvard University with a C.S.S. in Administration and Management.

Mr. Gordon is a former Chief Judge of the Social Security Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Chattanooga Hearing Office. He has over thirty-five years experience in Social Security law including twenty-five years experience as a U.S. Administrative Law Judge deciding over 10,000 Social Security disability cases. Mr. Gordon has also gained significant legal experience working for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and as a Trial Judge with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Mr. Gordon is a retired Major in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army. He is also a member of the Social Security Alumni Association and an associate member of the Social Security Administrative Law Judges Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Social Security Disability Law
  • Veterans Disability Law

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Juris Doctor cum laude - June, 1975
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • C.S.S. in Administration and Management - March, 1983
  • Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, New Jersey
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - May, 1975
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Administrative Law Judges
  • Social Security Alumni Association
  • Chattanooga Bar Association