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Phillip (Phil) Gordon



Firmwide Co-Chair, Hotels & Leisure Practice

Phil Gordon focuses his practice in the areas of private equity, hotel transactions and management agreements, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and representation of boards of directors of public companies. Over the years, he has supervised the acquisitions, financing and management agreement negotiations of more than 75 hotels in North America and Europe. He has also advised sponsors on establishing private equity funds and has represented portfolio companies of the private equity funds. Phil has handled numerous public and private corporate acquisitions and dispositions and has advised boards of directors and committees of boards of public companies on a range of topics.

Professional Recognition

  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present: Corporate Law 
  • Ranked nationally in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Leisure & Hospitality, 2009 - present
  • Listed in Illinois Law & Politics, "Super Lawyers"

Professional Leadership

  • Urban Land Institute
  • Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Trustee and Former Chairman
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago, Former Director
  • Balliol College, Oxford, member of North American Campaign Board
  • Making Waves Foundation, Trustee
  • The Churchill Center, Director


  • University of Oxford, M.A., 1973
  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1969
  • University of Oxford, B.A., with honors, 1967
  • University of Witwatersrand, B.A., Honors, 1965
  • University of Witwatersrand, B.A., 1964

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois