Kimathi Gordon-Somers, Esq.
Associate Director of Career Development & Coordinator
of the Externship Program
Associate Director of Career Development & Coordinator of the
Kimathi Gordon-Somers received his Bachelor of Arts in French and
English from Franklin & Marshall College and his Juris Doctor,
from St. Thomas University School of Law, where he was the
Executive Vice-President of the Moot Court Board and later the
Coach for the National Sports Law Competition. Mr. Gordon-Somers is
admitted to practice law in the both New York and Florida. Mr.
Gordon-Somers began his legal career at the Queens County District
Attorney’s Office where he worked in the Special Victims and
Domestic Violence Bureau, the Appeals Bureau; appearing before the
Second Department, and later, the Narcotics Trial Bureau.
After leaving the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Mr.
Gordon-Somers worked as an Account Manager and Legal Research
Consultant at LexisNexis where he managed the accounts of and
consulted on research projects for AMLAW 100 firms both in New York
and Miami. After leaving LexisNexis, Mr. Gordon-Somers returned to
the prosecutorial field where he worked as an Assistant State
Attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Mr.
Gordon-Somers later returned to New York where he worked as a
Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Kings County District
Attorney’s Office in a Trial Zone and later in the Rackets Bureau,
where he investigated and tried complex cases including homicides
and other violent crimes, hate-crimes, organized crime, criminal
misconduct by public officials and police officers, gang-related
activity and major frauds.
Mr. Gordon-Somers joined St. John’s in 2012 and teaches the
Externship Seminar and Trial Advocacy. He works closely with
students interested in a career in criminal law and conducts mock
interviews to prepare students for both prosecution and defense
work. Mr. Gordon-Somers is a member of the New York State Bar
Association, the Florida Bar Association and the Association for
Legal Career Professionals (NALP).