Gordy K. Davidson, SLS JD ’74

Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

Gordon Davidson is a partner in the Fenwick & West law firm and served as its Chairman for 18 years. He advises high technology companies, clean technology and life sciences companies. Gordy’s clients range from startups to Fortune 100 companies. He has worked on over 60 public offerings and has represented boards of directors, audit committees and executives in numerous special investigations. 

Gordy also advises venture capital investors and investment banks in private and public financings. He has also acted as lead counsel on over 100 mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $75 billion in the aggregate. 

Gordy has spoken on current issues in capital formation and IPOs at the PLI and Northwestern Securities Regulation Institutes and on governance issues at the Stanford Directors’ College, taught courses on Venture Capital and Mergers & Acquisitions at Stanford Law School, and chaired the Practising Law Institute programs on Private Placements and Mergers & Acquisitions of High Technology Companies. He is a member of the American College of Governance Counsel and has served on the boards of directors for non-profit organizations, including BayBio, Children’s Health Council, Pacific Community Ventures and Fresh Lifelines for Youth.

Gordy received his B.S., Phi Beta Kappa, in electrical engineering and his M.S. in computer systems, both from Stanford University. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. Prior to and during law school, Gordy worked as a computer systems engineer at Stanford Research Institute and at Measurex Corporation. Following law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Ben C. Duniway in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Gordy is admitted to practice in California.

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