Philip J. Gordon

Gordon Law Group, LLP
Gordon Law Group, LLP
585 Boylston St Fl 4Th, Boston, MA 02116 United States
(617) 536-1800
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Philip Gordon can be reached at pgordon@gordonllp.com


BREAKING NEWS: 1st Circuit Reopens Door to $11M Severance Package for Gordon Law Group Client (February 17, 2021) (View Article)

“Fish rots from the head down,” Gordon explains. (January 21, 2018) (View Article)

Brockton Facing $45.6M punitive damages from Lopes class action brought by Gordon Law Group, and Mayoral candidate calls for removal of Maureen Cruise (October 3, 2017)

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Philip is the Managing Partner of Gordon Law Group, LLP.


Recognized as one of the top employment lawyers in America by Best Lawyers, and as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in New England” by Super Lawyers, Philip is an experienced and well-regarded employment attorney in Boston and beyond.


“extraordinary skill displayed in this litigation” – Judge Daniel O’Shea, Superior Court, December 8, 2020.

“excellent service to the class” – Judge Kenneth W. Salinger, April 24, 2018.

“considerable experience, reputation and ability” – Judge Michael K. Callan, Superior Court, May 31, 2017.

“extensive experience and success in the realm of class action lawsuit” – Judge Robert C. Cosgrove, Superior Court, July 11, 2016.

“eminently qualified” – Judge Bonnie MacLeod, Superior Court, June 29, 2015.

Philip’s practice focuses on the employee, representing individuals in every aspect of the employment relationship, with a particular concentration on class action litigation for discrimination, minimum wages, pay equity and wrongful termination.


As a class action employment attorney, Philip has represented thousands of employees in actions against Wal-Mart, Federal Express, BJs, Ryder and other large employers. Philip also represents senior executives at companies across the nation, guiding them through negotiations and dispute resolution.


Philip is a frequent lecturer and panelist on employment law, litigation and ethics. He has also authored and contributed to numerous article and books, and testifies regularly before the House and Senate on bills concerning labor and workforce development.


Most Recently

Philip writes a general employment blog and an executive compensation blog. You can read these blogs at www.gordonllp.com/the-lawblog and www.representingexecutives.com

“Fish rots from the head down,” Philip Gordon explains. (View Article)

WBZ’s Kendall Buhl interviews Gordon about Matt Lauer and sexual harassment in the workplace and the issues particular to executives (November 29, 2017) (Listen)

The Washington Post quotes Gordon on the employment ramifications of Weinstein allegations (October 20, 2017) (View Article)

Brockton Facing $45.6M punitive damages from Lopes class action brought by Gordon Law Group, and Mayoral candidate calls for removal of Maureen Cruise (October 3, 2017)

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Enterprise News reports on breaking news of decision by Judge REJECTING Brockton’s attorney’s plea to overturn $4M jury verdict won by Gordon and Rodgers (June 26, 2017) (View Article)


Practice Areas

Philip’s law practice focuses on the employee.


In his class action work, Philip represents workers in complex class actions against major companies. He also represents construction workers in prevailing wage and overtime cases, wait staff in wage and tip theft cases, call-center employees in minimum wage and overtime cases, cable installers/technicians in overtime cases, and a landmark group of workers in groundbreaking discrimination cases. He believes that when workers band together, almost anything is possible.


In addition to his class action practice, Philip has extensive experience negotiating executive employment contracts, severance agreements and equity packages, including matters related to stock options and other forms of equity, as well as severance payments, acceleration clauses, non-competition provisions, benefits and bonuses.


Philip acts as lead counsel in federal and state courts and as lead negotiator in direct and facilitated dispute resolution forums.


Philip also frequently works with non-profit organizations on public interest matters, bringing much-needed class action experience to devastating discrimination and wage abuses.


What Others Are Saying

(prior to 2005 available upon request)

Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2021 (inclusion based entirely on peer review; Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide) (View Article)

Massachusetts Super Lawyer, recognized among the Top 100 Attorneys across all practice areas in New England (View Article), and continuously recognized generally every year since its first publication, 2004-2021 (recognizing the top 5% of the lawyers in Massachusetts, across all practice areas; joint edition of Law & Politics and Boston Magazine) (View Article)

40 Under 40 Award Recipient, 2006 by Boston Business Journal


National Employment Lawyers' Association

(prior to 2005 available upon request)

President, Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association (View MELA Website) (affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association) (2010 – 2012).

Chair, Legislative Committee of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Chapter (2008 – present).

Chair, Wage & Hour Committee of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Chapter (2006 – present).


Recent Lectures/Panels/Government Testimony

(prior to 2005 available upon request)

Philip is a frequent lecturer and panelist on employment law, litigation and ethics. Below is a selection of recent and some upcoming appearances:

Co-Chair, “Class Actions” panel at the “37th Annual Labor and Employment Law Spring Conference,” Massachusetts Bar Association (May 6, 2016) (View Article)

Faculty, “18th Annual Employment Law Conference,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 4, 2015)

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Faculty, “Independent Contractor v. Employee,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (October 21, 2015)

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Keynote Panelist, “17th Annual Employment Law Conference,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 5, 2014)

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Testimony on proposed changes to noncompetition laws before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development (Massachusetts House and Senate) (July 18, 2014)

Panelist, “Class Actions After Dukes & Genesis HealthCare Corp.: The Ongoing Attack On Representative Testimony In Class Actions,” NELA 2014 National Convention (June 25-28, 2014)

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Keynote Panelist, “16th Annual Employment Law Conference,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 6, 2013)

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Keynote Speaker, Human Capital Series, “Mitigating Your Employment Risks,” Small Business Association of New England (January 30, 2013) (View Article)


Recent Publications

(prior to 2005 available upon request)

Below is a selection of recent publications:

Philip J. Gordon (Co-Author), MCLE: Massachusetts Employment Law (MCLE 2008-2017) (View Article)

Philip J. Gordon (Co-Author), MCLE: Massachusetts Wage And Hour Treatise (MCLE 2008-2017) (View Article)

Philip J. Gordon (Author), “Massachusetts Employment Law: Strategies for Both Sides,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (August 14, 2013) (View Article)


Recently Quoted or Featured In

(prior to 2005 available upon request)

“Fish rots from the head down,” Gordon explains. (January 21, 2018) (View Article)

WBZ’s Kendall Buhl interviews Gordon about Matt Lauer and sexual harassment in the workplace and the issues particular to executives (November 29, 2017) (Listen)

Gordon quoted in the Washington Post on the employment ramifications of Weinstein allegations (View Article)

Channel 5 Investigates features Philip Gordon and Elizabeth Rodgers, along with their client Russell Lopes to discuss the $4.05M jury verdict they obtained (February 17, 2017) (View Article)

Lawyers Weekly, Patrick Murphy, “Renewed push vowed for beefed up wage theft bill” (October 13, 2016) (View Article)

Boston Globe, Dan Adams, “Amazon fired dozens of Boston-area drivers – some think illegally” (October 12, 2016) (View Article)

The Crimson, Meg P. Berhard, “Former Professor Suing University Granted Tenure at Tufts” (April 3, 2015) (View Article)

Boston Globe, Justine Hofherr, “Low Income Managers May Start Getting Paid for Overtime” (February 19, 2015) (View Article)

“Former CVS Pharmacist Urges Company’s Employees to Learn about the New ‘Opt-Out’ Option in Their Training Modules” (November 7, 2014) (View Article)

Boston Globe, Marcella Bombardieri, “Harvard Professor Challenges School’s Denial of Tenure” (June 13, 2014) (View Article)

Slate Magazine, Emily Yoffe, “Dear Prudence” (June 26, 2014) (View Article)

Slate Magazine, Emily Yoffe, “Dear Prudence” (June 5, 2014) (View Article)

ABC Boston, Karen Anderson, “Harvard University Professor Sues Over Denied Tenure” (April 29, 2014) (View Article)

Huffington Post, Tyler Kingkade, “Harvard Accused of Retaliating Against Professor Who Defended Sexual Assault Survivors” (April 17, 2014) (View Article)

HealthLeaders Media, Lena J. Weiner, “Should Healthcare Workers be Tested for Nicotine?” (March 24, 2014) (View Article)

Boston Globe, Todd Wallack, “MBTA nears antibias agreement with US regulators” (January 14, 2014) (View Article)


Recent Television and Radio Appearances

(prior to 2005 available upon request)

FOX – Jacqui Heinrich interviews Philip Gordon for feature story, “Man Loses Job Opportunity After Threatening Remarks on Dating App” (August 4, 2016) (View Video)

MSNBC – Ronan Farrow Daily – Philip Gordon and Dr. Kimberly Theidon interview with Ronan Farrow (May 5, 2014) (View Video)

ABC Boston – Team 5 Investigates – Philip Gordon, Elizabeth Rodgers and Dr. Kimberly Theidon interview with Karen Anderson (April 29, 2014) (View Video)

FOX – Maria Stephanos interviews Philip Gordon to discuss lying on resumes (March 6, 2014) (View Video)

WBZ News – Interview with Christina Hager (December 21, 2010) (View Video)

Fox News – Interview with Maria Stephanos (November 26, 2010) (View Video)

WTAG – Jordan Levy, “The Jordan Levy Show”

WBZ – Paul Sullivan, “The Paul Sullivan Show”

WBIX – Barry Armstrong, “Money Matters”

WBSM – Pete Braley, “Mornings with Pete Braley”

WPEP – “Hometown”

WBNW – Gina Ghioldi, “The Brass Ring”


Education and Judicial Clerkship

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts – Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Charles Fried

J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Cum Laude

  Suffolk University Law Review, Technical Editor

  Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team

    First Place, Northeast Law Schools Regional Competition

    Represented the United States in the International Championship

B.A., Bowdoin College, Dean’s List


Experience

After his judicial clerkship, Philip served in the following capacities before founding Gordon Law Group:

WilmerHale LLP (formerly Hale and Dorr LLP) – Associate, Corporate Department

GenuOne, Inc. – General Counsel and Executive Vice President. GenuOne was one of the world’s leading anti-counterfeiting companies. It was acquired by OpSec Security, traded on the London Stock Exchange


Community/Pro Bono Work

American Bar Association, Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation

National Employment Lawyers Association, Class Action Committee

Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Board Member

Wage and Hour Project of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Member, Senior Partners for Justice

Maccabi Games 2004, Chairman of Hockey


Admissions

Massachusetts

New York

First Circuit Court of Appeals

Federal District Court of Massachusetts

Federal District Court of New York

Federal District Court of Colorado

Federal District Court of Pennsylvania

United States Supreme Court

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