"Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda

Gordon Penman has spent his entire legal career at Brown Rudnick representing public and private corporations, entrepreneurs, and funds in a wide array of transactions. He is a versatile legal advisor. His practice spans a wide spectrum of client types and activities. Gordon works with foreign and domestic clients in connection with the acquisition and disposition of public and private targets in transactions valued up to $1 billion. He also advises start-up entities and entrepreneurs seeking to raise their first and subsequent rounds of financing.

Gordon has structured numerous types of acquisitions. These include auctions; LBOs; acquisitions and dispositions of product lines, divisions and businesses; and cross-border transactions. He has extensive experience representing companies and investors in venture capital and private equity transactions. Across these activities, his industry experience includes high tech, biotechnology, medical devices and healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, and marketing services.

During the past few years, Gordon has spent a great deal of time assisting clients in restructuring their businesses to address the challenging economics of the “new normal” environment. He has also been involved in several large business disputes and worked extensively with the Firm’s litigation practice to bring these disputes to successful outcomes.

As part of Brown Rudnick’s Family Office team, Gordon is also part of collaborative, cross-disciplinary initiatives assisting clients in this area.

During his tenure with the Firm, Gordon has served in various management capacities including Chair of the Corporate Department, Hiring Committee and Summer Associate Committee as well as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Gordon is also a Managing Director of the Venture Capital Fund of New England, and serves as a Trustee of Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, a nonprofit organization that has been providing educational resources to Boston's urban youth for 200 years.



University of Virginia – J.D., 1982
College of William and Mary – B.A., 1978

Bar Admissions

Rhode Island
"The Intersection of Two Perspectives: The Lawyer & The VC," The Venture Capital Legal Handbook: Industry Insiders on the Laws and Documents that Govern VC Deals, Raising Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions, April 1, 2004
Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
Rhode Island Bar Association
Boston Bar Association
Awards and Honors
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Corporate Law (2019)