- 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.
Sutherland represents a Big Four accounting firm in several cases, including putative class actions, asserting ERISA and pension benefit claims along with professional negligence / malpractice.
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.
Awards and Rankings
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2013-2015)
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
SEC Gives Insider Outside Bounty for Whistleblowing
Thomas R. Bundy,Patricia A. Gorham,Cynthia M. Krus,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Robert D. Owen, March 27, 2015
On March 2, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission awarded a whistleblower at least $475,000 for providing original, high-quality information that led to a successful SEC enforcement action. The whistleblower is a former company officer, which is particularly noteworthy since officers...
Omnicare Opinion Expands Liability for Expressions of Opinion Under Section 11
Brittany M. Cambre,Samuel J. Casey,Patricia A. Gorham,Joel J. Hughey,Peter Ligh, March 26, 2015
The Supreme Court, in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 575 U.S. --- (March 24, 2015), expanded the scope of liability for expressions of opinions under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933. While keeping to a relatively constrained view of the...
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.
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