Practice Focus

Gordon Orloff is a Boston-based lawyer focusing on business, real estate and probate litigation in the trial and appellate courts of Massachusetts.  Gordon represents clients in contract disputes as well as in trade secret and copyright cases, title, easement and zoning and boundary disputes.

Gordon is aware that some matters are best resolved outside of the courtroom and he regularly represents clients in alternative dispute resolution. He is a trained mediator and has served as a case conciliator at the Boston Municipal Court.

Gordon has presented on various real estate topics for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and other continuing legal education programs and is a member of Real Estate Bar Association’s Litigation Committee.  He also is a regular contributor to the blog, Massachusetts Land Use Monitor, which reports on new developments in real estate and land-use law.


Gordon joined Rackemann thirty years ago, after working as an associate at Palmer & Dodge.

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Coif
  • Duke Law Journal, Editorial Board
Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Real Estate Bar Association

Publications & Talks

  • Skawski v. Greenfield Investors Prop. Dev. LLC Clarifies Which Courts Have Jurisdiction to Hear Appeals of Major Development Permits, Boston Bar Journal: Special Edition on Recent SJC Decisions 2016
  • “Waterfront Land: Key Principles and Recent Cases of Interest,” 18th Annual Real Estate Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education,
  • “The Law of Special Permit Litigation,” Litigation Real Estate Disputes: Recent Decisions and Practical Applications, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2005.
  • “Prescriptive Easements, Easements by Implication and Public Ways,” Litigating Real Estate Disputes: The Latest Decisions and Practice Pointers, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2004.
  • “The Political Boycott: An Unprivileged Form of Expression,” Duke Law Journal, Nov. 1983.
Personal Interests

Personal Interests

Ice hockey, skiing, Shakespeare