Philip J. Gordon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Boston, MA

Gordon Law Group, LLP
 | 585 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-536-1800
Fax: 617-536-1802
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

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 on protecting the rights of employees and has extensive experience representing groups of employees in class-action lawsuits related to discrimination, pay equity and the nonpayment of overtime, minimum and regular wages, and commissions.  Philip also represents senior executives at companies across the nation, guiding them through negotiations and dispute resolution.

Attorney Gordon's 20+ year legal career has seen him represent employees in a number of high-profile cases resulting in multimillion-dollar jury 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 and is often invited to testify before the Joint Labor & Worforce Development Committee of the House and Senate. 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 board of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (30%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Class Action/Mass Torts (30%): Class Actions

Business/Corporate (20%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Class Actions, Appeals

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019

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About Philip Gordon

Admitted: 1995, Massachusetts

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

Honors/Awards:

  • Represented the United States in the International Competition, Suffolk University Law School
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Law & Politics and Boston Magazine, 2004 - 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, Law & Politics and Boston Magazine, 2005
  • 40 Under 40 Award Recipient, Boston Business Journal, 2006 
  • First Place, Northeast Law Schools Regional Championship, Suffolk University Law School
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers in New England, Law & Politics and Boston Magazine, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Past President, Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, 2010 - 2012
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Federal District Courts — Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York
  • Chair, Wage & Hour Committee of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Chapter, 2006 – 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Moderator, Boston City Council Citywide Candidates Forum (featuring 7 of 8 candidates for office, including the incumbent Council President) (October 11, 2005)
  • Chair, "Litigating Wage & Hour Cases," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (March 29, 2012)
  • 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
  • Panelist, "14th Annual Employment Law Conference," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 9, 2011)
  • 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)
  • Panelist, "Handling Workplace Challenges at Small Companies & Startups," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (May 23, 2011)
  • Lecturer, "Corporate Growth" at Technion University – Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management (January 2005, Haifa, Israel)
  • Panelist, "FLSA Update: Classifying Employees Under the FLSA's Administrative Exemption: Are You Flirting With Disaster?" Boston Bar Association (April 27, 2011)
  • Co-Chair, “Class Actions” panel at the “37th Annual Labor and Employment Law Spring Conference,” Massachusetts Bar Association (May 6, 2016)
  • Chair, "Litigating Wage & Hour Cases," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (March 15, 2011)
  • Faculty, “18th Annual Employment Law Conference,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 4, 2015)
  • Panelist, "Complex Issues & Emerging Trends in Class Action Litigation," Massachusetts Bar Association (January 13, 2011)
  • Panelist, "13th Annual Employment Law Conference," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 10, 2010)
  • Faculty, “Independent Contractor v. Employee,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (October 21, 2015)
  • Panelist, "10th Annual Consumer Class Action Symposium," National Consumer Law Center's Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference (November 14, 2010)
  • Keynote Panelist, “17th Annual Employment Law Conference,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 5, 2014)
  • Panelist, "Hourly Workers: Employee Rights, Employer Obligations," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 17, 2010)
  • 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)
  • Panelist, "Hourly Workers: Employee Rights, Employer Obligations," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 17, 2010)
  • Author, amicus brief on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association (Massachusetts Chapter), Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) and the National Employment Law Project (NELP), Don DiFiore & Others v. American Airlines, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Nos. 10-1108, 10-1167 and 10-1264 (August 27, 2010) – regarding the mandatory treble damages provision of the Wage Act.
  • Panelist, "Advisen's Premier Wage-and-Hour Webinar" (June 16, 2010)
  • 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, amicus brief on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association (Massachusetts Chapter), Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), Centro Presente, Chelsea Collaborative, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Massachusetts Jobs with Justice (JwJ), Metrowest Immigrant Worker Center (MWIWC), Project Voice, American Friends Service Committee, and National Employment Law Project (NELP), Don DiFiore & Others v. American Airlines, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, SJC-10313 (April 3, 2009) – regarding class action rules in wage and hour cases and retroactivity of the mandatory treble damages provision of the Wage Act
  • Panelist, "At the Intersection of Technology and Employment Law," Boston Bar Association (June 7, 2010)
  • Speaker, Compensation Law in the Pharmacy, 2008
  • Author, amicus brief on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, (Massachusetts Chapter), Electronic Data Systems Corp. v. Attorney General, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, SJC-10260 (October 24, 2008) – regarding the treatment of vacation time as wages
  • Panelist, "31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference," Massachusetts Bar Association (May 11, 2010)
  • Chair, Wage and Hour Issues, New England Regional Conference of the National Employment Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Co-Author, amicus brief on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association (Massachusetts Chapter), Eigerman v. Putnam Investments, SJC-09854 (Nov. 5, 2007) – regarding the covenant of good faith and fair dealing in employment contracts
  • Co-Author, amicus brief on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association (Massachusetts Chapter), Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), Brazilian Immigrant Center (BIC), Centro Presente, Chelsea Collaborative, Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Irish Immigration Center (IIC), Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Massachusetts Jobs with Justice (JwJ), Metrowest Immigrant Worker Center (MWIWC), Project Voice, American Friends Service Committee, and National Employment Law Project (NELP), Salvas v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, SJC-10108 (April 28, 2008) – regarding the use of class action rules in wage and hour cases
  • Chair, "Litigating Wage & Hour Cases," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (May 4, 2010)
  • Lecturer, Salary Negotiations: Aligning Your Interests and Lining Your Pockets, Harvard Business School Alumni Association, 2008
  • Chair, "Executive Compensation Law," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (February 3, 2010)
  • Lecturer, Win-Win: Negotiating the Employment Relationship for Success, Harvard Business School Alumni Association, 2009
  • 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)
  • Contributor, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the Workplace, Bloomberg BNA Books (October 2014)
  • Panelist, "Redefining Employment Relationship in a Recessionary Market," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (October 1, 2010)
  • Co-Author, MCLE: Massachusetts Wage And Hour Treatise, "Timely Payment of Wages and Independent Contractor Status" (MCLE 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013)
  • Lecturer, "Negotiating Employment Relationships," Yale University School of Management, Entrepreneurship Group (April 29, 2009)
  • Author, "Massachusetts Employment Law: Strategies for Both Sides," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (August 14, 2013)
  • Retroactive Application of Wage Act Amendment is Fair, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (June 15, 2009)
  • Chair, "Litigating Wage & Hour Cases," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (April 7, 2009)
  • Wage Legislation Meets Needs of Employees and Employers, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (May 5, 2008)
  • Lecturer, "'Win-win' – Negotiating the Employment Relationship for Success, with Philip Gordon," Harvard Business School Alumni Association (March 24, 2009)
  • Earned Wage Legislation is Good for Bay State Businesses, Mass High Tech (March 10, 2008)
  • Panelist, "Litigating Wage & Hour Class Actions," Boston Bar Association (March 18, 2009)
  • Chapter Author, Sales force Compensation: Wage and Hour Laws from the Employee's Perspective, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 2007)
  • Lecturer, "Compensation Law in the Pharmacy," Annual Fall Health Care Symposium, presented by Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (October 30, 2008)
  • Aligning Interests Improve Chances for VC Success, Boston Business Journal (October 14-20, 2005)
  • Panelist, "Hourly Workers: Employee Rights, Employer Obligations," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 19, 2008)
  • Aligning Interests Critical for Biz Growth; Develop Strategic Compensation Techniques, Mass High Tech (August 29, 2005)
  • Panelist, "Wage and Hour Issues for the Complex Workplace," Boston Bar Association (May 28, 2008)
  • Directorships: Pot of Gold or Career Pothole?, Mass High Tech (December 29, 2004)
  • Chair, "Wage and Hour Issues," a panel plenary lecture to the New England Regional Conference of the National Employment Lawyers Association (May 9, 2008)
  • Lecturer, "Salary Negotiations: Aligning Your Interests – and Lining Your Pockets, with Philip Gordon," Harvard Business School Alumni Association (February 25, 2008)
  • Angels Must Be Aware of Legal Hazards Inherent in Investing, Boston Business Journal (March 5-11, 2004)
  • Lecturer, "Salesforce Compensation: Wage and Hour Laws from the Employee's Perspective," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 11, 2007)
  • Keynote Panelist, "16th Annual Employment Law Conference," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 6, 2013)
  • Lecturer, "Wage Laws: What Every Employee Needs to Know," Urban League of Greater Boston (2007-2008)
  • Keynote Speaker, Human Capital Series, "Mitigating Your Employment Risks," Small Business Association of New England (January 30, 2013)
  • 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)
  • Panelist, "15th Annual Employment Law Conference," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 14, 2012)
  • Testimony on elder affairs before the Health and Human Services Committee (Massachusetts House and Senate) (February 15, 2007)
  • Panelist, "Independent Contractor v. Employee," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (November 27, 2012)
  • 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)
  • Chair, "Executive Compensation Law," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (June 19, 2012)
  • Keynote Speaker, Lowell Workers' Forum (January 10, 2006)
  • Panelist, "Employment Case Law, Legislative Developments & Trends Update 2012," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (April 9, 2012)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Lopes v. City of Brockton, Civil Action No. 1383-1350, Plymouth County (May 24, 2017) (judgment entered $4,470,364.78, following jury trial)
  • Firicano v. Ryder Truck Rental, Inc., Civil Action No. 2014­1971-D (Mass.Sup.Ct., June 10, 2016; J. Wilkins)
  • Salvas v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (2010)
  • Rascon v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., et. al. (2008; update 2010)
  • Eigerman v. Putnam Investments, SJC-09854, Nov. 5, 2007
  • Don DiFiore & Others v. American Airlines, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, SJC-10313, April 3, 2009
  • Chach v. Michael Bianco, Inc., et. al. (2007)
  • Carter v. Newton Hospitality, Inc., et. al. (2007)
  • Electronic Data Systems Corp. v. Attorney General, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, SJC-10260, October 24, 2008

Videos:

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

Educational Background:

  • Bowdoin College, B.A., Dean's List
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Office Location for Philip J. Gordon

585 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-536-1800

Fax: 617-536-1802

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Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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