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Gideon Esakoff

(602) 932-8560

Gideon Esakoff practices in the following areas:

  • EMPLOYMENT - pursuing and defending all types of employment claims​

  • DEFAMATION - pursuing and defending claims for defamation, intentional interference with contract and business expectancy, and invasion of privacy​​​

  • COMMERCIAL - pursuing and defending a broad range of business disputes

  • EDUCATION - helping students with a broad range of issues 

Gideon Esakoff is an innovative trial lawyer with broad experience in a wide range of complex litigation. Gideon has represented emerging technologies companies, state government agencies, and individuals in complex litigation, often with millions or billions of dollars on the line. He has successfully litigated online defamation, wrongful death and other torts, trade secrets, trademark and copyright disputes, and civil rights, Section 1983, and other constitutional matters. He consults on novel issues arising from advancing artificial intelligence and serves on the Arizona State Bar Association’s E-commerce, Internet and Technology Law Section Committee.


During law school, Gideon focused on two things: developing exceptional trial advocacy skills and studying the profound impacts of emerging technologies from neuroscience to AI to blockchain. Gideon represented victims of consumer fraud in the Public Interest Civil Litigation Clinic, earning ASU Law’s Pro Bono Award with High Distinction, and competed in a national mock trial tournament, arguing an employment retaliation case before a federal magistrate judge in Los Angeles. During his third year of school he was among a small number of students selected to participate in a year-long research group led by U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver, in which he researched the evidentiary implications of AI-powered neuroscience. Gideon’s focus on emerging technologies earned him a certificate in law, science, and technology from the Center for Law, Science and Innovation. He also founded two student organizations and served as president of one, the Trial Advocacy Group.


Before law school, Gideon founded a successful DJ business and worked for a national insurance carrier. A native of New Jersey, when Gideon is not practicing law, you can find him on the tennis or basketball courts around Phoenix, teaching himself the basics of programming and web design, building furniture, or hiking with his wife Shiran and their Plott hound, Sagan.



Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

  • J.D. – 2021

  • Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology (Data, Privacy, and Security)

  • Pedrick Scholar

  • Mock Trial Advocate

  • Finalist, Spritzer Oral Argument Competition

  • President, Trial Advocacy Group

  • Pro Bono Award (High Distinction)

University of Hartford

  • B.A., English (2013)

Articles and Presentations

  • AI Explained - 2024 Arizona State Bar Convention 

  • Law of Code - Gideon Esakoff and Bill Richards, Crypto Litigation: How to Avoid It, Warning Signs, and Self-Governance 

  • Crypto for Lawyers: What is It, and Why Should We Care? 

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Arizona, 2022

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2022


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