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Paul Gordon

Paul A. Gordon



Paul has been working with seniors housing and care providers since 1975. He is the author of the book Seniors' Housing and Care Facilities: Development, Business and Operations (Urban Land Institute, 1998). He has been called "godfather of senior housing" by the Chambers USA legal directory.

Paul's entire practice is devoted to representation of senior housing and long-term care providers and related organizations. His practice includes business structuring, licensure, regulatory counseling, resident/patient contracts, management agreements; anti-kickback compliance, operational issues, risk management, dispute resolution, nonprofit organizations, specialized tax issues, fair housing and ADA compliance. He has litigated in federal and state courts, including court and jury trials and appellate work in the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. He has also served as an expert witness on senior care communities in federal and state courts. He has been instrumental in drafting state and model national continuing care and assisted living facility legislation, as well as an accreditation system being developed in China. In 2010, the U.S. General Accountability Office consulted with him in preparation of its report to the Senate on Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

Paul is a highly sought-after speaker with an international reputation. He has addressed audiences at conferences sponsored by the Urban Land Institute, Harvard University, Boston University, China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce, Sun-Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China, the American Bar Association, The Canada Forum, the World Research Group, the American Seniors Housing Association, LeadingAge, the National Investment Center, the American Society on Aging, the American Health Care Association, the National Real Estate Development Center, AIC Conferences, Ernst & Young, Coopers & Lybrand, Laventhol & Horwath, the Practising Law Institute, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Paul has written or consulted on articles on retirement community development and operations published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, Urban Land Magazine, the National Real Estate Investor Provider Magazine, Contemporary Long-Term Care, Multi Housing News, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, and Retirement Housing Report.


J.D. cum laude University of San Francisco School of Law ( 1975 )
B.A. University of California, Davis ( 1972 )

Admissions and Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
California Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


Senior Housing and Care Practice Leader

Americans Senior Housing Association (ASHA). Paul serves as General Counsel to the American Seniors Housing Association and is on their Executive Board.

China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce. Assists with development of accreditation standards for senior living facilities in China.

The Episcopal Home Communities. Sale, leaseback, management agreements and regulatory approvals for a continuing care campus.

Regulatory approvals in connection with a major debt restructuring for a senior living campus.

Corporate reorganizations for multiple clients.

Bar Association of San Francisco, Former Board of Directors

American Bar Association, Former Chair, Housing for the Elderly Committee, Real Property Division

LeadingAge, CA

American and California Assisted Living Facility Associations

LeadingAge, Former Chair, Legal Committee

American Seniors Housing Association, General Counsel and Executive Board

"After Pandemic Struggles, Senior Housing Makes A Comeback," Law360 (January 2023)

"A Time of Change," Seniors Housing Business (July 2022)

Court Ruling Offers Hope, But Uncertainty Remains Over Senior Living Liability Protection, Senior Housing News (February 2021)

Favorable Ruling for Sunrise, Welltower Rests on Complete PREP Act Immunity for Senior Living Providers, Senior Housing News (February 2021)

Fight Intensifies Over Covid-19 Legal Immunity for Senior LivingSenior Housing News (June 2020)

What Can Seniors Housing Operators Do to Limit the Threat of Lawsuits?National Real Estate Investor (February 2019)

The Best Lawyers in America©, Health Care Litigation (2016, 2019-2023)

Best Lawyers in Northern California - Health Care Law, Best Lawyers® (2019-2020)

Top Rated Lawyer in Northern California, ALM (2019)

Chambers and Partners USA, Healthcare

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ (2016)

Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care, Martindale-Hubbell™ (2013)

Northern California Super Lawyers (2006, 2010-2013)