Gordon P. Katz

Partner at Holland & Knight LLP

Gordon P. Katz

Gordon P. Katz

Partner at Holland & Knight LLP

Biography

Gordon P. Katz is a partner in Holland & Knight's Boston office and a member of the firm's Litigation Section.

Mr. Katz focuses his litigation practice on general business, real estate, commercial, employment, media and entertainment, professional malpractice, intellectual property, and probate and fiduciary litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Katz has litigated and arbitrated a broad range of cases. Among the clients he has represented are: 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 has represented 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; 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 and real estate litigation; and book publishers, motion picture companies, newspapers, websites, and television networks in suits raising antitrust, copyright, and defamation, privacy, and reporter access and privilege issues.

Mr. Katz has also assisted clients in connection with internal investigations and has represented clients before governmental investigative and professional disciplinary bodies.

Recent Representative Engagements

* 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), cert. denied, 481 U.S. 1072 (1987)
* In re Evangelist, 760 F.2d 27 (1st Cir. 1985)
* Gardner v. Simpson Financial, Ltd., 963 E. 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

Mr. Katz serves as general counsel to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and represents hotels, restaurants and others in the hospitality industry. Mr. Katz has also served as counsel to a number of political campaigns in Massachusetts and is an associate member of the New England Press Association.

After law school graduation, he served as law clerk for Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

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Chief Operating Officer, Americas at InterContinental Hotels Group Plc

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Education
J.D., magna cum laude

Boston College Law School was founded in 1929 at 11 Beacon Street in downtown Boston, the first dean, Dennis Dooley, envisioned a law school with a social conscience as well as an analytical mind. From its earliest days, Boston College Law School had a reputation for toughness and high standards. It won accreditation from the American Bar Association in 1932, just three years after its founding, joining the Harvard, Yale, and Boston University law schools as the only ones in New England to attain such a distinction.

A.B.

The University of Chicago's Office of Investments (COI) is responsible for managing the University's investment assets, which includes overseeing the endowment to ensure that it benefits both current and future generations of the University of Chicago. COI oversees the broad investment strategy and provides input to the development of the strategic and tactical investment policies of the University & UCMC endowments, pension plans and self-insurance trust assets. Their strategy combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, seeking to achieve superior investment performance on a risk-adjusted basis.COI's approach seeks to evaluate the investment strategy as an integrated part of the operating plans of the University rather than in isolation and focuses the the University's overall success, not investment returns. The endowment is well-diversified across a variety of asset classes, including global stocks and bonds, real estate, natural resources, private equity, absolute return strategies and protection (tail-hedging strategies). Asset class exposure is achieved primarily by selecting and engaging external managers. COI manages the global macro and the overlay portfolio to ensure that the portfolio's overall positioning is compliance with the endowment's investment guidelines.COI's strategies for investing in the public markets include: Absolute Return, Private Debt, Fixed Income and Credit. and Global Equities.COI's real assets team invests globally in real estate and natural resources using outside managers. The real estate portfolio invests globally in value-added and opportunistic strategies using both private partnerships and public vehicles. The natural resources portfolio invests globally in strategies that include, but are not limited to: oil and gas exploration & production; power generation; infrastructure; timber; mining and minerals; and agriculture.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation- only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American bar. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. The composition of the LCA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar. The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level or are independent practitioners with several years experience. Fellows may also include judges, professors of law, governmental attorneys and in-house counsel. Upon high recommendation by a Fellow, a limited number of Associate Fellows may be selected, generally pending qualification for Fellowship. Associate Fellows may include partners or associates from the same firm in which the Fellows practice or with any other ethically reputable firm, governmental division or company. Associate Fellows, however, are not considered part of the voting membership. Unless their practice changes from litigation or trial work or their general ethical reputation has been diminished, Fellows may hold their status as long as they desire to be affiliated with the LCA. Fellows who hold such status for seven consecutive years may be designated Senior Fellows.

Member, Panel of Arbitrators

American Arbitration Association provides conflict management and dispute resolution services. It provides a forum for the hearing of disputes, rules, and procedures, and a roster of impartial experts to resolve cases. In addition to dispute resolution services, the American Arbitration Association offers training and helps develop arbitration and mediation systems. It maintains offices in the U.S. and one in Ireland; in addition, it works with arbitration groups located in other countries. It was founded in 1926 and is located in New York, NY.

Career History
Partner
Current

Holland & Knight LLP provides legal services. The company offers four practice sections: litigation, government, business and real estate. It has locations in Atlanta, Bethesda, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Los Angeles and Tallahassee. The company was founded in 1968 and is located in Miami, FL.

Co-Founder
Tenure Unconfirmed

The Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA)was formed by a group of attorneys from across the United States who represent clients engaged in the hotel, restaurant, hospitality, travel, meeting, convention, tourism and related industries (collectively, “Industries”). We are committed to promoting professionalism and education and improved communication to create a network of competent, experienced attorneys to improve legal services to our clients in the Industries.

Boards & Committees
Member, Steering Committee
Prior
Member, Board of Directors
Prior

The Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA)was formed by a group of attorneys from across the United States who represent clients engaged in the hotel, restaurant, hospitality, travel, meeting, convention, tourism and related industries (collectively, “Industries”). We are committed to promoting professionalism and education and improved communication to create a network of competent, experienced attorneys to improve legal services to our clients in the Industries.

Director
Tenure Unconfirmed

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau operates as a convention center. It engages in meetings, conventions and tourism-related business. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Political Donations
$2,000
2003

Former Senator from Massachusetts

$100
2002
$100
2002

Distinguished Senior Fellow in Education at Pioneer Institute, Inc.

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