Philip Gordon

This adjunct professor is not teaching at Colorado Law this semester.

Adjunct Faculty

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309

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Philip L. Gordon is a shareholder in the Denver office of Littler Mendelson, P.C., the nation's largest law firm representing only management in employment and labor law matters. He chairs the Firm's Privacy and Background Check Practice Group. Mr. Gordon regularly counsels clients on the full range of workplace privacy and data protection issues. His areas of practice include background checks; electronic surveillance, including monitoring of employees' electronic communications and Internet activity and location tracking; regulating social media in the workplace; developing "bring-your-own-device" (BYOD) programs; HIPAA compliance; implementing strategies for the lawful cross-border transfer of employees' personal data; and preparing information security programs, security incident response plans, and counseling on security incident response.

Mr. Gordon speaks regularly, and has published extensively, on privacy and data protection issues. He has given presentations to the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the National Retail Federation, the Food Marketing Institute, the American Payroll Association, and the Ponemon Institute (a leading privacy "think tank"), among others. His articles have been published in a wide range of professional journals, including the Privacy and Security Law Report, World Data Protection Report, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel, Financier Worldwide, Employee Relations Law Journal, Executive Counsel, and Privacy Officers Advisor. He is co-author of the book "HIPAA Privacy For Employers." His blog, located at, has become a resource for in-house counsel, HR professionals, and journalists.

Mr. Gordon sits on the Advisory Board of Georgetown University Law Center's Cybersecurity Law Institute and the University of Colorado's Silicon Flatirons Institute. He has served on the Advisor Board of BNA's Privacy and Security Law Report and the Editorial Board and Education Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He also has taught privacy and data security law as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School.

Mr. Gordon has been named to Best Lawyers in America since 2014 and to Colorado Super Lawyer since 2006. In 2013 and again in 2016, he received the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for his articles on social media password protection laws and wearable technology in the workplace, respectively.

Mr. Gordon received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from the New York University School of Law. He served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.


Spring 2017 Technology of Privacy LAWS 6331-001
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