On Tuesday, Gordon hired Jose Baez, the attorney who won an acquittal for Casey Anthony in her 2011 murder trial. Since then, Baez has had a string of high-profile clients, including “King of Instagram” Dan Bilzerian, as well as Gary Giordano, who was cleared in the disappearance of his girlfriend in Aruba.
Baez joins attorneys Joe Habachy and Randy Kessler, who have represented Gordon for several months. Also on board is investigator TJ Ward, who worked on the Natalee Holloway disappearance.
One of the team’s goals: to determine what happened on the day when Brown was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her Atlanta home.
“We do know that other individuals were present at the time of when the emergency personnel were brought in,” Ward’s executive assistant, Eli Benton, tells PEOPLE. “TJ will be trying to establish who was present and what their role was.”
The move comes less than a week after Gordon received several pieces of bad news.
On Thursday, the Fulton County district attorney confirmed that his office is reviewing the Jan. 31 incident that left Brown incapacitated.
“We will be reviewing the case with greater interest,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. told PEOPLE in a statement, adding that their case is not related to the civil suit against Gordon.
Those close to Gordon tell PEOPLE that he is “concerned” about his legal issues – but asserts his innocence.
“He feels – and we all feel – like Nick has been a scapegoat in this case,” a close relative of Gordon’s told PEOPLE last week. “It’s scary for him, because he hasn’t done anything wrong. He is completely innocent.”
• Reporting by JEFF TRUESDELL