Lawyers

New York
One Battery Park Plaza
28th Floor
New York, NY 10004


Long Island
626 Rexcorp Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556


Florham Park
18 Columbia Turnpike
Suite 220
Florham Park, NJ 07932


Education

J.D., Brooklyn Law School

B.A., English, New York University

Honors

“Six Most Influential Women in America,” Forbes Business American Airlines

Graciela Olivarez Award for outstanding achievement as a leading Hispanic lawyer, Notre Dame Law School

"Alumni Achievement Award," The Brooklyn Law School Latin American Law Students Association

Languages

  • Spanish

Mercedes Colwin, a highly successful trial attorney, is the founding partner of Gordon & Rees’ New York City Office.  She handles a wide variety of litigation, including employment law, commercial litigation, class actions, products liability, professional liability, wage and hour class actions, civil rights violations and criminal law.

Ms. Colwin has defended thousands of cases throughout the country to a favorable result and won over ninety percent of her numerous trials and arbitrations.  She regularly litigates business disputes and defends corporations and executives of Fortune 500 companies accused of wrongdoing, including claims of sexual misconduct. 

Prior to private practice, Ms. Colwin served as an Administrative Law Judge for the New York State Division of Human Rights.  During these nine years of service, while a partner at a major regional New York law firm, she presided over three thousand cases brought under federal and state discrimination laws.

Ms. Colwin has received several significant honors.  Forbes Business American Airlines named Ms. Colwin one of the six most influential women in America.  The list includes dignitaries such as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  Notre Dame Law School presented Ms. Colwin with the prestigious Graciela Olivarez Award for outstanding achievement as a leading Hispanic lawyer of the highest ethical and moral standards.  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor received the same award.  MultiCultural Law magazine also profiled Ms. Colwin in a Leadership Interview titled, Reaching Back to Diversify the Legal Professional. Human Resources Magazine named Ms. Colwin as one of the Nation’s Most Powerful Rising Employment Attorneys. 

Widely regarded as one of the top national legal analysts on the Fox News Network, she regularly appears on the network to discuss critical national legal issues.

Admissions

New York
U.S. District Courts, New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court 

Memberships

DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
Professional Liability Underwriting Society
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
National Association of Insurance Women
New York County Lawyers Association
The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Council on Litigation Management