Gordon P. Katz is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston office and a member of the firm's Litigation Section. For more than three decades, Mr. Katz has been a trusted adviser and go-to litigator across many industries.

Mr. Katz focuses his litigation practice on general business, real estate and hospitality, commercial, employment, media and entertainment, professional malpractice, healthcare, intellectual property, and probate and fiduciary litigation and arbitration. He is currently involved in real estate-related and other contract disputes raising force majeure and other defenses arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Katz has litigated and arbitrated a broad range of cases. His clients include officers and directors in securities class actions; venture capital and private equity firms, corporate officers, and attorneys in breach of fiduciary duty suits; a well-known rock music group in a copyright action involving the group's early recordings; an anesthesia practice group in an antitrust challenge to the group's exclusive contract with Massachusetts' second largest hospital; a publicly held REIT in a suit over the priority of the REIT's $20 million security interest in health care receivables; and computer software and other companies in trade secret and breach of contract actions against competitors and former employees hired by competitors.

Mr. Katz also represents national hotel companies in convention contract, management agreement and other suits; travel companies in consumer class actions; financial institutions in asset recovery, workout and lender liability litigation; health insurers in fraud-related suits involving providers; real estate owners and developers in zoning appeals and in suits and arbitrations involving partnership agreements, easements and commercial leases; a bankruptcy trustee in an action for wrongful franchise termination; colleges and universities in employment, licensing and real estate litigation; and book publishers, motion picture companies, newspapers, websites and television networks in suits raising antitrust, copyright, defamation, privacy, reporter access and privilege issues.

Mr. Katz also has experience assisting clients in connection with internal investigations and has represented clients before governmental investigative and professional disciplinary bodies. In addition, he serves as an arbitrator or mediator for commercial, corporate/partnership, real estate, IP, licensing, probate/fiduciary and other disputes.

Mr. Katz also serves as general counsel to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. In addition, he has served as counsel to a number of political campaigns in Massachusetts and is an associate member of the New England Press Association.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Katz served as law clerk for Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Recent Representative Engagements

  • Representation of large national luxury retailer in successful effort to avoid lease termination based on retailer's non-payment of rent during peak COVID-19 months in 2020
  • Representation of private universities in cy pres petitions before courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut
  • Representation of corporate trustee of a large family trust in litigation by two beneficiaries to replace trustee and reform trust
  • Representation of real estate developer in successful Massachusetts Land Court litigation to obtain approval of developer's suburban building plan
  • Representation of large national charity in will contest dispute
  • Representation of major software developer in connection with multi-million dollar claims brought by health benefits processing customer
  • Representation of private equity firm in litigation for its share of fees for obtaining major private funding for mid-stage manufacturing company
  • Representation of majority owner of retail clothing chain against claims of breach of fiduciary duty and other corporate wrongs by minority shareholder
  • Representation of television network in defense of copyright infringement and idea misappropriation claims brought by author alleging to have created concept for television program
  • Representation of sellers in connection with $20 million claim of breach of warranties and representations arising out of $60 million sale of aircraft engine parts manufacturing business
  • Representation of national media company in $15 million damages suit brought by shareholders of acquired company for breach of duty of good faith of acquisition agreement's "earn out" provision
  • Representation of major airline in suit brought by purported national class of skycaps alleging violations of the Massachusetts "tipping" statue and other wage and hour statutes
  • Representation of Boston-based insurance underwriter in claims for wrongful termination and defamation brought by general agent
  • Defense of major Boston educational institution against claims of age and disability discrimination by tenured professor
  • Supervision of internal investigation of alleged wage and hour violations for national employer
  • Representation of national parking company in arbitration to determine the fair market rent for Boston's largest parking facility, the Government Center Garage
  • Representation of national hotel company in products liability suit against the maker of defective bathroom lighting fixtures used in resorts and other hotels throughout North America
  • Defense of national beverage company in copyright infringement actions in New York, Miami and Los Angeles brought by persons claiming to be the authors of jingles or other songs used in client's radio and television advertising campaigns
  • Defense of television network in copyright claim for unauthorized use of photographs of Elvis Presley
  • Prosecution of securities fraud claim of venture capital unit of Boston-based financial institution against principal of portfolio company who obtained client's investment in company by misrepresenting background and company's financials

Mr. Katz's reported cases include:

  • Connectu LLC v. Zuckerberg, 522 F.3d 82 (1st Cir. 2008)
  • Hiller Cranberry Prods. v. Koplovsky, 165 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 1999)
  • In re Mark Bell Furniture Warehouse, Inc., 992 F.2d 7 (1st Cir. 1993)
  • Forward v. Thorogood, 985 F.2d 604 (1st Cir. 1993)
  • In re Atlantic Financial Management, Inc., 784 F.2d 29 (1st Cir. 1986), denied, 481 U.S. 1072 (1987)
  • In re Evangelist, 760 F.2d 27 (1st Cir. 1985)
  • Oyola v. Midland Funding, LLC, 295 Supp. 3d 14 (D. Mass 2018)
  • Gardner v. Simpson Financial, Ltd., 963 F. Supp.2d 89 (D. Mass. 2013) 
  • McGee v. Cartoon Network, Inc., 2012 WL 959377, 40 Media Law Rptr. 1564 (D. Mass. 2012)
  • Vergara v. The Coca-Cola Company, 2011 WL 744098 (S.D. Fla. 2011)
  • Fireman v. News America Marketing In-Store, Inc., 2009 WL 3080716 (D. Mass. 2009)
  • Laughlin v. CGI Technologies & Solutions, Inc., 602 F.Supp.2d 262 (D. Mass. 2009)
  • Travers v. JetBlue Airways Corp., 2009 WL 2242391 (D. Mass. 2009) 
  • Dunn v. Brown, 2007 WL 2828869 (D. Mass 2007)
  • Fleet Development Ventures, L.L.C. v. Herman, 2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 13579 (D. Mass. July 25, 2002)
  • Home Prods. Int'l - N. Am. v. Peoplesoft USA, Inc., 201 F.R.D. 42 (D. Mass. 2001)
  • Wells v. Dartmouth Bancorp, Inc., 813 F. Supp. 126 (D. N.H. 1993)
  • Morgan v. Colonial Gas Company, 772 F. Supp. 693 (D.Mass. 1991)
  • Northeast Energy Partners, LLC v. Mahar Regional Sch. Dist., 462 Mass. 687, 971 N.E.2d 258 (2012) 
  • Smith v. Winter Place, LLC, 447 Mass. 363, 851 N.E.2d 417 (2006)
  • Krasne v. Tedeschi & Grasso, 436 Mass. 103, 762 N.E.2d 841 (2002)
  • Yakubowicz v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 404 Mass. 624, 536 N.E.2d 1067 (1989)
  • Beth Israel Hospital Assoc. v. Board of Registration in Medicine, 401 Mass. 172, 515 N.E.2d 574 (1987)
  • Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. v. Rose, 53 Mass. App. Ct. 910, 760 N.E.2d 791 (2002)
  • Pollen v. Aware, Inc., 53 Mass. App. Ct. 823, 762 N.E.2d 900 (2002)
  • Carr v. Transgas, Inc., 35 Mass. App. Ct. 581, 623, N.E.2d 505 (1993)
  • St. Louis v. Baystate Medical Center, Inc., 30 Mass. App. Ct. 393, 568 N.E.2d 1181 (1991)
  • Alexander & Alexander, Inc. v. Danahy, 21 Mass. App.Ct. 488, 488 N.E.2d 22 (1986)
  • Arnold v. Flook, 38 Media Law Rptr. 1807 (Mass. Sup. Ct. 2010)
  • Bonome v. Kaysen, 32 Media Law Rptr. 1520 (Mass. Sup. Ct. 2004)
  • Little Children Schoolhouse v. Town of Brookline ZBA, 24 Land Crt. Rptr. 495 (Mass. Land Crt. 2016) 
  • Growth Homes Elm LLC v. Conroy, 2015 WL 632179 (Mass. Land Crt. 2015)
  • Twin Caliber LLC v. Furey, 20 Land Crt. Rptr. 139 (Mass. Land Crt. 2012)
  • Thomas Vallely For Congress, FEC Advisory Opinion, No. 1985-19


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • The University of Chicago, A.B.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Standing Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure, former Member
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Co-founder and former Director
  • Global Alliance of Hospitality Attorneys
  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators
  • Boston American Inn of Court
  • Boston Bar Association, Business Litigation Committee, former Chairman
  • Middlesex Multidoor Courthouse Project, Past Member, Steering Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Council, former Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, ADR Committee, former Chairman
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2018-2024
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2023
  • Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2012, 2015, 2016
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, 2005-2011
  • The Guide to U.S. Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, former Hearing Committee Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Massachusetts Law Review, Past Editor
  • Litigation News, Past Editor
  • Litigation Magazine, Past Editor
  • Law Clerk Society of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Past Co-Chair, Governing Board
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Boston College Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Speaking Engagements