Kenneth J. Gordon

Kenneth J. Gordon

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Kenneth J. Gordon

Ken Gordon, a partner in Goodwin's Corporate and Technology Companies Groups, has more than 20 years of experience representing privately held and publicly traded companies (domestic and foreign), investment banks and venture capital firms. Mr. Gordon concentrates his practice in the areas of general corporate representation, corporate finance and acquisitions.

Mr. Gordon is a member of the Personnel Committee for the firm’s Technology Companies Group. Mr. Gordon enjoys cycling and running and is an enthusiastic supporter of Boston sports teams. Mr. Gordon ran the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of a team which raised over $800,000 for the survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Professional Activities

Mr. Gordon is involved in various pro bono matters, including working with THINKmd, Year Up and the Greater Boston Citizen Initiative.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2005, Mr. Gordon was a partner at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston, where he was a member of the Business Practice Group and the Canadian initiative. Before that, he was an accountant for KPMG in Hartford and Boston.


Mr. Gordon has been recognized on multiple occasions as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” as published in Boston magazine. He has also been selected on multiple occasions for inclusion in U.S. News-Best Lawyers.

Areas of Practice


Mr. Gordon advises a variety of high-growth technology clients across a broad range of industries, including enterprise software, healthcare IT, fintech, security, ad tech, IT services, e-commerce and clean tech. Mr. Gordon works with these clients in connection with various corporate, strategic and securities transactions, including private placements and mergers and acquisitions, as well as general business matters.

Mr. Gordon’s corporate finance practice includes extensive experience with both private and public offerings. He has represented companies as well as venture capitalists and investment banks in over 400 completed financings.

Representative Matters

Venture Financings

Recently completed venture financings on behalf of his corporate clients include investments in:

  • Adelphic by Matrix Partners and Google Ventures
  • Apperian, Inc. by Bessemer Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins and North Bridge Venture Partners
  • Bit9, Inc. by Atlas Ventures, Highland Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital and .406 Ventures
  • Cybereason by Charles River Ventures
  • Gemvara Inc. by Canaan Partners, Balderton Capital, Highland Capital Partners and Norwest Venture Partners
  • MarkForged by Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners
  • PlumChoice, Inc. by M/C Venture Partners and Edison Ventures
  • SessionM by Highland Capital Partners, Charles River Ventures and Kleiner Perkins

Mr. Gordon has also represented many venture capitalists in making their investments, including most recently North Bridge Venture Partners, Highland Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners and GrandBanks Capital.

Public Offerings

Mr. Gordon represents issuers as well as investment banking firms in a wide variety of public and quasi-public offerings, including IPOs, convertible debt transactions and PIPE transactions. His recent IPO work includes representing:

  • Underwriters in Amber Road’s $96 million IPO
  • Underwriters in Covisint’s $64 million IPO
  • Underwriters in SPS Commerce’s $49 million IPO
  • Fleetmatics in its $130 million IPO
  • Imprivata in its $75 million IPO
  • in its $60 million IPO

Investment banks that he has represented include Cowen & Co., Inc., Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities, JPMorgan, Stifel Nicolaus Weisel and William Blair.

Other companies that Mr. Gordon has represented in public offerings include DealerTrack Holdings, Lumenpulse Lighting, Lionbridge Technologies, Lycos, Sipex Corporation and Precise Software Solutions.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mr. Gordon’s M&A experience includes representing:

  • Imprivata in its acquisition of HT Systems
  • Gemvara in its sale to Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) subsidiary
  • Bit9 in its acquisition of Carbon Black
  • eCopy in its sale to Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN)
  • Fleetmatics (NYSE: FLTX) in its acquisitions of Australia-based Connect2Field and Italy-based Routist
  • IMN in its sale to Reynolds & Reynolds
  • Innov-X in its sale to Olympus
  • Lionbridge Technologies (NASDAQ: LIOX) in its acquisition of Mubai, India-based Mentorix
  • NetCracker Technology Corporation in its sale to NEC Corporation
  • P&H Solutions in its sale to ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), formerly known as Transaction Systems Architects (NASDAQ:TSAI)
  • Vistaprint (NASDAQ: VPRT) in its acquisition of Webs
  • xkoto in its sale to Teradata (NYSE: TDC)

He has also completed numerous other acquisitions for clients, including Imprivata, Lycos and



J.D., 1991
Boston University School of Law

(cum laude)

B.S., 1985
Lehigh University



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