- Accountants' & Attorneys' Liability
- Class Action Defense
- Securities Enforcement & Litigation
- Director & Officer Liability
- Internal Investigations
- Financial Services Litigation
|Contact Info||Telephone: 404.853.8298|
|University ||University of Massachusetts, B.A., magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa|
|Law School||Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude Articles Editor, Georgetown Law Journal|
|Admitted||1984, Pennsylvania (inactive); 1987, Georgia; 2008, Florida|
Newsletter Editor, Professional Liability Litigation Committee, and Member, Sections of Litigation and Business Law, American Bar Association
Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Litigation Section and Securities Section, Atlanta Bar Association
Board of Directors, Georgia Legal Services
Former Member, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Supreme Court of Georgia
Former President, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
Past Chair and Advisory Board Member, Truancy Intervention Project Inc.
|Born||Plainfield, New Jersey, June 12, 1959|
Co-leader of Sutherland's Accountants' Liability practice, Patti Gorham has more than 25 years of experience in complex business litigation, particularly in the areas of accounting liability, financial services, and securities fraud class action litigation. Patti's represents accounting firms, public and private companies, officers and directors, and insurance companies in federal and state court litigation, in bankruptcy court adversary proceedings, in internal investigations, before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and in connection with Department of Justice, grand jury, and other civil and criminal investigative bodies..
Patti has worked with clients from a wide range of industries, including:
•Collateralized mortgages and structured finance
•Manufacturing, retail and distribution
Patti is Editor of the American Bar Association's Professional Liability Litigation Committee newsletter, serves on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, and is a Director of the Georgia Legal Services Program. Patti is a past President of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and a past Chair of the Truancy Intervention Project.
After an audit client's bankruptcy, Sutherland steps in to represent the accounting firm.
Sutherland obtains dismissal and settlement of securities fraud class action against public manufacturer of blood reagents.
Sutherland successfully argues for dismissal of securities fraud complaint against publicly held deepwater drilling company.
Awards and Rankings
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2013-2014)
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Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc: Opening the Door to Class Actions?
Thomas W. Curvin,Irene A. Firippis,Patricia A. Gorham,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Phillip E. Stano, February 6, 2015
In Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.,1 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a $187 million jury verdict in favor of class action plaintiffs. The rationale of the ruling raises the concern that Pennsylvania state courts may become a favored destination for forum shopping class action plaintiffs.
Ten Items to Consider as FINRA’s Consolidated Supervision Rules Take Effect
Peter J. Anderson,Eric A. Arnold,Keith J. Barnett,Bruce M. Bettigole,Patricia A. Gorham, December 12, 2014
On December 1, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Consolidated Supervision Rules will take effect. The Consolidated Supervision Rules, which were approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 23, 2013, will replace existing NASD Rules 3010...
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