Patricia A. Gorham: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Patricia A. Gorham


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Accountants' & Attorneys' Liability
  • Class Action Defense
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Internal Investigations
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Insurance
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8298
University University of Massachusetts, B.A., magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude Articles Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
Admitted1984, Pennsylvania (inactive); 1987, Georgia; 2008, Florida

Professional Activities
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.

BornPlainfield, 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
Energy companies
Manufacturing, retail and distribution
Securities firms

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.

Selected Experience

Defends an accounting firm in multiple lawsuits arising from an allegedly underfunded pension plan.

Defended a Big Four accounting firm in a multibillion-dollar litigation following an audit client's bankruptcy.

Sutherland obtains dismissal and settlement of securities fraud class action against public manufacturer of blood reagents.

Awards and Rankings

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2013-2015)


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Supreme Court Reinforces Federal Policy Favoring Arbitration and Rejects Application of Preempted State Law
Thomas R. Bundy,Thomas M. Byrne,Nicholas T. Christakos,Thomas W. Curvin,Patricia A. Gorham, December 21, 2015
Consistent with decisions over the past several years upholding the validity of mandatory arbitration provisions and class action waivers, on December 14, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that state courts cannot end-run and avoid application of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) by applying state...

Delaware Supreme Court Addresses Novel Controlling-Stockholder Claim and Clarifies Effect of a Fully Informed, Uncoerced Stockholder Vote
Peter J. Anderson,Steven B. Boehm,William S. "Bill" Dudzinsky,Patricia A. Gorham,Harry S. Pangas, October 13, 2015
The Delaware Supreme Court recently issued an opinion, captioned Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC,1 that sheds further light on when a stockholder owning less than 50% of the voting power of a company may be deemed a controlling stockholder. In the opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court also...

FINRA's Projected 2015 Fines: Not Keeping Pace With 2014’s Total, But Still a Blockbuster Year
Peter J. Anderson,Eric A. Arnold,Bruce M. Bettigole,Patricia A. Gorham,Olga Greenberg, September 22, 2015
Despite a slowdown in the fines reported in 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has continued to flex its enforcement muscle so far this year. During the first half of 2015, FINRA reported $37.5 million in fines in its monthly Disciplinary and Other FINRA Actions publications...

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Patricia A. Gorham

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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