Gordon O. Jesperson

Of Counsel

Legal Secretary: Mary E. Wadsworth


Gordon has 20 years of experience facilitating growth and protecting the business and legal interests of domestic and international companies. His experience includes cross-border transactions, securities, acquisitions, multi-billion dollar transactions, debt and equity transactions, corporate governance, data security and privacy issues, design and implementation of compliance programs, risk management and litigation management. Before joining Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Gordon served as General Counsel for an international GPS technology company; this insider’s perspective is an asset when working with clients, as he understands the importance of balancing business goals and legal risk.

Corporate Contracts, Formation, Data Privacy/Security & Intellectual Property. Gordon has a solid track record of helping businesses structure and negotiate domestic and international contracts, form entities that align with business strategy, and manage and protect intellectual property rights. His experience includes software licensing, IP transactions, data security and privacy issues, and negotiating with international governments and businesses. Some of his representative work in this area includes:

  • Helping an international business with a large patent portfolio create an income stream by forcing patent infringers to come into compliance.
  • Forming multiple international subsidiaries including implementing programs related to customs, compliance, data privacy and infrastructure.
  • Negotiating, customizing and documenting multi-year contracts with foreign and domestic governments and private entities.
  • Managing a portfolio of 1,000+ business contracts including ensuring compliance with commercial, privacy and data security provisions within each contract.

Securities & Compliance. Gordon has structured, and managed domestic and international acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, private equity and debt financings. In addition, he ensures that all securities compliance and reporting requirements are met; he has particular experience with the Securities reporting and compliance, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCRA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In addition, Gordon has conducted multiple internal investigations to uncover and repair SEC compliance and reporting violations for clients. In addition, he has helped multiple clients design and implement corporate governance best practices and regularly advises domestic and foreign directors and officers.

International Transactions. While representing clients with international interests in private practice and serving as General Counsel to an international GPS technology company, Gordon gained significant experience handling complex international transactions. He has represented businesses and collaborated with co-counsel on all kinds of business transactions throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Gordon is well-versed in international laws in these regions.

Profile Information



  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Brigham Young University, B.A., 1991


  • Florida, 2004

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