Gordon Yamate serves on the boards of a number of cultural philanthropic organizations. As a former general counsel of two Silicon Valley-based public companies, he teaches a seminar level corporate governance course at Santa Clara University Law School that bridges ongoing legal developments with practical strategies for management and boards in critical and challenging governance matters.
As a former vice president and general counsel, Gordon was responsible for company-wide legal affairs of this nation’s second largest newspaper company, Knight Ridder, until its acquisition by McClatchy in 2006. Prior to Knight Ridder, he was vice president, general counsel and secretary of Liberate Technologies, a Silicon Valley developer of software enabling access to the Internet via set-top boxes and other Internet appliances. Prior to moving in-house, Gordon was a partner in the Silicon Valley law offices of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen (now Bingham McCutchen), where he specialized in corporate transactions and intellectual property matters.
Gordon received his law degree from Santa Clara University and an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from the University of California, Davis.