Attorney Profile

Philip J. Gordon

Philip Gordon

Gordon Law Group, LLP
585 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Gordon Law Group, LLP
Phone 617-536-1800
Fax 617-536-1802

Selections

Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2015

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 years bottom-image

Practice Areas

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

Class Action/Mass Torts

Employment & Labor

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Experienced attorney Philip J. Gordon is the founder and managing partner of Boston's highly respected Gordon Law Group, LLP. At the law firm, Mr. Gordon focuses his practice entirely on protecting the rights of employees living and working in Boston and surrounding eastern Massachusetts, and he has extensive experience representing groups of employees in class-action lawsuits related to discrimination and the nonpayment of overtime, minimum and regular wages, and commissions.

Mr. Gordon began his legal career in 1995 after earning his law degree from Suffolk University Law School and his approval to practice law in the state of Massachusetts. In 2003, the state of New York also approved him to practice law in its courtrooms, and the U.S. District Courts in the states of New York, Massachusetts and Colorado, along with the U.S. Supreme Court, have also approved him to practice in their courtrooms.

Attorney Gordon's 20-year legal career has seen him represent employees in a number of high-profile cases resulting in multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. As a result of his legal abilities, extensive knowledge and proven track record, he regularly appears on television and radio to discuss his cases and related legal theories. In addition, he is a regular guest speaker and panelist and a contributor to a number of publications.

Mr. Gordon's stellar career has earned him not only a spot in the public eye but also a number of honors from the legal community and his local community. He served as president of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association and as chair of its Wage and Hour Committee. In addition, he is a member of the boards of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and the New Center for Arts & Culture.


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About Philip Gordon

Law School: Suffolk University Law School

Admitted: 1995, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: www.gordonllp.com/attorneys/philip-j-gordon/

Honors and Awards:

  • 40 Under 40 Award Recipient, Boston Business Journal, 2006 
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Law & Politics and Boston Magazine, 2004 - 2013
  • Top 100 Lawyers in New England, Law & Politics and Boston Magazine, 2013
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, Law & Politics and Boston Magazine, 2005
  • Represented the United States in the International Competition, Suffolk University Law School
  • First Place, Northeast Law Schools Regional Championship, Suffolk University Law School
  • Cum Laude, Suffolk University Law Review, Technical Editor, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team, Suffolk University Law School
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Charles Fried, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judicial Clerkship

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Wage & Hour Committee of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Chapter (2006 – 2012)
  • President, Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association (2010 – 2012)
  • States — Massachusetts and New York
  • Federal District Courts — Colorado, Massachusetts and New York
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Past President, Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, 2010 - 2012

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Maccabi Games 2004, Chairman of Hockey
  • Wage and Hour Project of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Member, Senior Partners for Justice
  • New Center for Arts and Culture, Board Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Class Action Committee
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation
  • Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Board Member

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Lecturer, Win-Win: Negotiating the Employment Relationship for Success, Harvard Business School Alumni Association, 2009
  • Lecture to the Harvard Business School Alumni Association on executive compensation matters., Lecturer, Salary Negotiations: Aligning Your Interests and Lining Your Pockets, Harvard Business School Alumni Association, 2008
  • Chair of panel discussing Wage and Hour Issues to the New England Regional Conference of the National Employment Lawyers Association., Chair, Wage and Hour Issues, New England Regional Conference of the National Employment Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Lecture on compensation law as it impacts pharmacists and others who work in the pharmacy environment., Speaker, Compensation Law in the Pharmacy, 2008
  • Lecturer, "Corporate Growth" at Technion University – Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management (January 2005, Haifa, Israel)
  • Testimony on proposed "Act to Protect Employees from Unscrupulous Employers"; hearings on S. 928 and H. 3775, before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development (Massachusetts House and Senate) (June 15, 2005)
  • Keynote Speaker, "It's Not Just the Money", at a meeting of the 128 Innovation Capital Group (September 8, 2005); presentation co-authored with Neil Wallack, founding General Partner, Vision Media Investors
  • Moderator, Boston City Council Citywide Candidates Forum (featuring 7 of 8 candidates for office, including the incumbent Council President) (October 11, 2005)
  • Keynote Speaker, Lowell Workers' Forum (January 10, 2006)
  • Guest Speaker, "How to Guide a Constituent through a Wage Complaint: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations," sponsored by Senator Thomas McGee, Senate Chair of Labor & Workforce Development (February 6, 2006)
  • Testimony on elder affairs before the Health and Human Services Committee (Massachusetts House and Senate) (February 15, 2007)
  • Testimony on proposed "Act Further Regulating Employee Compensation" hearings on S.1059 and H.4663, before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development (Massachusetts House and Senate) (2007)
  • Lecturer, "Wage Laws: What Every Employee Needs to Know," Urban League of Greater Boston (2007-2008)
  • Lecturer, "Salesforce Compensation: Wage and Hour Laws from the Employee's Perspective," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 11, 2007)
  • Lecturer, "Salary Negotiations: Aligning Your Interests – and Lining Your Pockets, with Philip Gordon," Harvard Business School Alumni Association (February 25, 2008)
  • Chair, "Wage and Hour Issues," a panel plenary lecture to the New England Regional Conference of the National Employment Lawyers Association (May 9, 2008)
  • Panelist, "Wage and Hour Issues for the Complex Workplace," Boston Bar Association (May 28, 2008)
  • Panelist, "Hourly Workers: Employee Rights, Employer Obligations," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 19, 2008)
  • Lecturer, "Compensation Law in the Pharmacy," Annual Fall Health Care Symposium, presented by Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (October 30, 2008)
  • Panelist, "Litigating Wage & Hour Class Actions," Boston Bar Association (March 18, 2009)
  • Lecturer, "'Win-win' – Negotiating the Employment Relationship for Success, with Philip Gordon," Harvard Business School Alumni Association (March 24, 2009)
  • Chair, "Litigating Wage & Hour Cases," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (April 7, 2009)
  • Lecturer, "Negotiating Employment Relationships," Yale University School of Management, Entrepreneurship Group (April 29, 2009)
  • Panelist, "Redefining Employment Relationship in a Recessionary Market," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (October 1, 2010)
  • Testimony on proposed "Employee Protection Act" hearings on S.726 before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development (Massachusetts House and Senate) (October 28, 2009)
  • Chair, "Executive Compensation Law," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (February 3, 2010)
  • Chair, "Litigating Wage & Hour Cases," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (May 4, 2010)
  • Panelist, "31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference," Massachusetts Bar Association (May 11, 2010)
  • Panelist, "At the Intersection of Technology and Employment Law," Boston Bar Association (June 7, 2010)
  • Panelist, "Advisen's Premier Wage-and-Hour Webinar" (June 16, 2010)
  • Panelist, "Hourly Workers: Employee Rights, Employer Obligations," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 17, 2010)
  • Panelist, "Hourly Workers: Employee Rights, Employer Obligations," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 17, 2010)
  • Panelist, "10th Annual Consumer Class Action Symposium," National Consumer Law Center's Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference (November 14, 2010)
  • Panelist, "13th Annual Employment Law Conference," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 10, 2010)
  • Panelist, "Complex Issues & Emerging Trends in Class Action Litigation," Massachusetts Bar Association (January 13, 2011)
  • Chair, "Litigating Wage & Hour Cases," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (March 15, 2011)
  • Panelist, "FLSA Update: Classifying Employees Under the FLSA's Administrative Exemption: Are You Flirting With Disaster?" Boston Bar Association (April 27, 2011)
  • Panelist, "Handling Workplace Challenges at Small Companies & Startups," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (May 23, 2011)
  • Panelist, "14th Annual Employment Law Conference," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 9, 2011)
  • Chair, "Litigating Wage & Hour Cases," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (March 29, 2012)
  • Panelist, "Employment Case Law, Legislative Developments & Trends Update 2012," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (April 9, 2012)
  • Chair, "Executive Compensation Law," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 19, 2012)
  • Panelist, "Independent Contractor v. Employee," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (November 27, 2012)
  • Panelist, "15th Annual Employment Law Conference," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 14, 2012)
  • Keynote Speaker, Human Capital Series, "Mitigating Your Employment Risks," Small Business Association of New England (January 30, 2013)
  • Keynote Panelist, "16th Annual Employment Law Conference," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 6, 2013)
  • Angels Must Be Aware of Legal Hazards Inherent in Investing, Boston Business Journal (March 5-11, 2004)
  • Directorships: Pot of Gold or Career Pothole?, Mass High Tech (December 29, 2004)
  • Aligning Interests Critical for Biz Growth; Develop Strategic Compensation Techniques, Mass High Tech (August 29, 2005)
  • Aligning Interests Improve Chances for VC Success, Boston Business Journal (October 14-20, 2005)
  • Chapter Author, Sales force Compensation: Wage and Hour Laws from the Employee's Perspective, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 2007)
  • Earned Wage Legislation is Good for Bay State Businesses, Mass High Tech (March 10, 2008)
  • Wage Legislation Meets Needs of Employees and Employers, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 5, 2008)
  • Retroactive Application of Wage Act Amendment is Fair, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 15, 2009)
  • Contributor, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the Workplace, Bloomberg BNA Books (October 2014)
  • Author, "Massachusetts Employment Law: Strategies for Both Sides," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (August 14, 2013)
  • Chapter Co-Author, Chapter 13, I and III), MCLE: Massachusetts Employment Law, "Overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Massachusetts State Law: A Plaintiff's Perspective," and "Massachusetts Payment of Wages Law: A Plaintiff's Perspective" (MCLE 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013)
  • Co-Author, MCLE: Massachusetts Wage And Hour Treatise, "Timely Payment of Wages and Independent Contractor Status" (MCLE 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013)

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Don DiFiore & Others v. American Airlines, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, SJC-10313, April 3, 2009
  • Electronic Data Systems Corp. v. Attorney General, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, SJC-10260, October 24, 2008
  • Eigerman v. Putnam Investments, SJC-09854, Nov. 5, 2007
  • Chach v. Michael Bianco, Inc., et. al. (2007)
  • Carter v. Newton Hospitality, Inc., et. al. (2007)
  • Rascon v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., et. al. (2008; update 2010)
  • Salvas v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (2001; update 2010)
  • Rodriguez v. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (2010)
  • Theidon v. Harvard University (2015)

Video:

  • Mr. Gordon discusses discrimination against people on the basis of Body Mass Index, NECN - The Morning Show, 2012
  • Mr. Gordon discusses employer privacy policies with WBZ News, WBZ News, 2010

Educational Background:

  • Bowdoin College, B.A., Dean's List
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