- 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|
|Born||Plainfield, New Jersey, June 12, 1959|
Co-leader of Sutherland's Accountants' Liability practice, Patti Gorham has more than 29 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of accounting liability, financial, and securities class action litigation. Patti's clients include accounting firms, public companies, officers and directors, and insurance companies in federal and state court litigation, in internal investigations, and before the SEC and other regulatory bodies.
Patti is editor of the ABA's professional liability newsletter and a member of the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors. For more than 20 years, Patti has participated in a program addressing truancy, the non-profit Truancy Intervention Project, and she serves on the Board of the Georgia Legal Services Program.
After an audit client's bankruptcy, Sutherland steps in to represent the accounting firm.
We represent a Big Four accounting firm in a number of negligent misrepresentation and professional negligence lawsuits arising out of the bankruptcy of the firm's audit client, formerly one of the largest privately held mortgage originators in the United States.
Sutherland obtains dismissal and settlement of securities fraud class action against public manufacturer of blood reagents.
We obtained the dismissal and subsequent settlement of a securities fraud class action against a public manufacturer of blood reagents alleging failure to disclose antitrust and FDA-related violations.
Sutherland successfully argues for dismissal of securities fraud complaint against publicly held deepwater drilling company.
We represented a deepwater driller in a securities fraud class action suit, alleging that the driller and certain of its executives failed to disclose alleged safety issues prior to an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Plaintiffs alleged a $14 billion drop in the driller's market capitalization. After briefing and argument, the Southern District of New York granted our motion to dismiss.
Awards and Rankings
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® (2013)
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.
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Are We Headed Toward “Basic Writ Small”?
Patricia A. Gorham,Amelia Toy Rudolph,W. Scott Sorrels,Steuart H. Thomsen,Bryan M. Ward, March 10, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in the closely watched Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317, which places in the Court’s crosshairs the continued viability of the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance first articulated by the Supreme Court in...
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