About Philip Gordon

Philip GordonPhilip Gordon is the Chair of Littler Mendelson’s Privacy & Data Protection Practice Group. He has years of experience litigating privacy-based claims and counseling clients on all aspects of workplace privacy. He has provided advice to businesses of all sizes on surveillance of employees’ electronic communications, background checks, responding to security breaches, outsourcing, and compliance with HIPAA, state data protection laws, and the European Union Data Protection Directive. Mr. Gordon also has substantial experience representing employers in disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets, claims of unfair competition, and charges of wrongful termination. Relatedly, he has developed special expertise in preparing for, and responding to, electronic discovery and leads the Firm’s Electronic Discovery Task Force.


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1989

B.A., Princeton University, 1984


Colorado State Bar

Mr. Gordon sits on the Editorial Board for the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ monthly journal. He served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law in Fall, 2004 and Fall 2005.


Mr. Gordon has lectured and published extensively on workplace privacy issues. He has recently made presentations to the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Mountain States Employers’ Council.  Some of his recent publications are listed below:

Recent Fourth Circuit Ruling Demonstrates Risks to Employers of Accessing Employees' Personal E-Mail Accounts, Littler Mendelson ASAP, by Philip L. Gordon and Justin A. Morello (April 2009)

Recent Enforcement Actions and Significant Amendments to the HIPAA Privacy Rule Compel Employers to Revisit Their HIPAA Compliance Efforts, Littler Mendelson ASAP, by Philip L. Gordon (March 2009)

New Massachusetts Regulations Impose Substantial Obligations on Corporate Human Resources Departments to Safeguard Employees' Personal Information, Littler Mendelson ASAP by Philip L. Gordon (October 2008)

Employee Text Messages Are Not Inviolate: Understanding and Navigating the Ninth Circuit's Decision in Quon v. Arch Wireless Operating Company, Littler Mendelson ASAP by Philip L. Gordon and Justin A. Morello (July 2008)

Rethinking Privacy: 10 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be More Concerned about Workplace Privacy, Privacy & Security Law Report, BNA (April 2006)

Workplace Privacy in the Age of Terrorism, Executive Counsel (March/April 2006)

Responding to Security Breaches under Ohio’s and Pennsylvania’s New Notice-of-Security-Breach Statutes and Other States’ Notice Laws, Littler Mendelson ASAP (March 2006)

Evaluating the Evolving Options for Trans-Atlantic Transfers of Human Resources Data, Special Publication on International Data Transfers, BNA (2005)

DOOCES WILD: How Employers Can Survive the New Technological Poker Game of Employee Blogging, Privacy Officers Advisor (October 2005)

HR's Role in HIPAA Security Compliance, Privacy & Security Law Review Report (March 2005)

It's 11 AM Do You Know Where Your Employees Are? Effective Use of Location-Based Technologies in the Workplace, Privacy Officers Advisor (February 2005)

HR Outsourcing: Your Firm's Sensitive Data Could Be At Risk, Denver Business Journal (July 2004)

Document Retention in the Digital Age: How Long Is Long Enough?, Privacy Officers Advisor (July 2004)

Littler/Ponemon Study:  The Privacy Age Gap (April 2007)

Information contained in this publication is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney.