Gordon graduated from the University of Maine in 1973 and from the Boston College Law School in 1976. He practiced law privately before joining the Maine Medical Association as General Counsel in 1981. Gordon is a past Chairman of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel, and the AMA/State Medical Society Litigation Center. He has also served as Chair of the Maine Health Data Organization and of the Executive Committee of the Advocacy Resource Center of the American Medical Association. Gordon is also a former Chair of the Board of Quality Counts, a regional quality improvement collaborative and a former board member of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. He is a current board member of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership. Smith lives in East Winthrop.
In January 2019, Gordon was appointed as the Director of Opioid Response by Governor Janet Mills. From this position, housed within the Office of Innovation and the Future, Gordon marshals the collective power of state government to combat the opioid epidemic.