J. Gordon Howard (Gordon) grew up in a military family and moved frequently until his family settled in Alabama. He attended Auburn University and worked as a defense contractor prior to attending law school. In 2005, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee to attend law school at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphries School of Law.

Gordon’s practice is presently devoted to litigating employment disputes and ERISA matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries, and third-party administrators throughout the United States. He has handled a wide range of ERISA and non-ERISA benefit matters including subrogation and reimbursement claims, health claims, disability claims, life insurance claims, and fiduciary duty claims. He has also litigated employment disputes in state and federal courts around the country.

Before joining Russell, Oliver & Stephens, Gordon defended clients in a wide range of matters including municipal land use and zoning determinations, environmental torts, and alleged civil rights violations.

In his spare time, Gordon enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, and their dog. He and his family enjoy hanging out with friends, riding bikes, savoring the food and fun that are uniquely Memphis, attending Auburn football games, and doing projects around the house and in the garden.

  • The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee, J.D., 2007
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, M.B.A., 2004
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, B.S.B.A., 2002

  • Employee Benefits Litigation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Healthcare Subrogation
  • Worker’s Compensation Subrogation
  • Disability Subrogation
  • Title VII, ADA, ADEA Discrimination
  • FLSA Litigation
  • Appeals

  • "Analyzing Fiduciary Obligations Under ERISA and Best Practices to Align ERISA Plan Documents"
    • 2019 Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Annual Summit
    • Grapevine, TX
  • "Getting Back to Basics: Essential Tools that Help Squeeze More Juice Out of a File"
    • National Association of Subrogation Professionals 2018 Conference
    • Orlando, FL
  • "How to Navigate the Perfect Subrogation Storm: A Detailed Case Study"
    • National Association of Subrogation Professionals 2017 Conference
    • Austin, TX  -  November 2017
  • "Burdensome ERISA Document Requests and How to Respond"
    • National Association of Subrogation Professionals 2016 Conference
    • Colorado Springs, CO

  • MBI Energy Services, Inc. v. Hoch, 929 F.3d 506 (8th Cir. 2019).
  • Hendrix v. Prudential Ins. Co. of Am., 697 Fed. Appx. 806 (5th Cir. June 21, 2017).
  • Rahul Shah v. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, et al., No. 1:16-cv-2528, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50412 (D.N.J. Mar. 27, 2018).
  • MBI Energy Servs v. Hoch, No. 1:16-cv-329, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32179 (D.N.D. Feb. 28, 2018).
  • Regence BlueShield v. Susan Finn, No. 1:16-cv-03011, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159534 (E.D. Wash. June 15, 2017).
  • CHS/Community Health Systems, Inc. v. Ledford, 204 F. Supp. 3d 983 (M.D. Tenn. 2016).
  • Almont Ambulatory Surgery Ctr., LLC v. UnitedHealth Group, Inc., et al., 99 F. Supp. 3d 1110 (C.D. Cal. 2015).
  • Humana Health Plan, Inc. v. Nguyen, 785 F.3d 1023 (5th Cir. 2015).
  • Smith v. Walmart Stores, Inc. Assocs. Health & Welfare Plan, No. 2:14-cv-0118, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143716 (S.D. Ind. Oct. 9, 2014).
  • Ambus v. AutoZoners, LLC, 938 F. Supp. 2d 1225 (M.D. Ala. 2013).
  • Kargarian v. AutoZoners, LLC, No. 3:12-cv-144, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143705 (W.D. N.C. Sept. 13, 2012).
  • Desert Valley Hosp., Inc. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Nos. 11-cv-01584-VAP (OPx); 11-cv-01585-VAP (OPx), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32975 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 9, 2012).
  • King v. BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, et al., 439 Fed. Appx. 386 (5th Cir. Aug. 30, 2011).
  • Politron v. Worldwide Domestic Srvcs., et al., 17 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 1175 (M.D. Tenn. May 17, 2011).

  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Alabama Supreme Court
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin