- 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 20 years of trial experience in complex business litigation, particularly in the areas of accounting liability, financial, and securities class action litigation. Patti's clients include 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 SEC, and in connection with Department of Justice, grand jury, and other civil and criminal investigative bodies. Patti's experience spans a wide variety of industries, including collateralized mortgages and structured finance; insurance; software; manufacturing, retail and distribution; telecommunications; securities firms; and energy MLPs.
Patti is Editor of the ABA's Professional Liability Litigation Committee newsletter, a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, and 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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Georgia Supreme Court Applies the Business Judgment Rule to Bank Officers and Directors; Decision Has Implications for Corporate Officers and Directors
Maia Cogen,Patricia A. Gorham,Gabriel A. Mendel,W. Scott Sorrels,Yvonne M. Williams-Wass, July 24, 2014
In a landmark ruling for officers and directors of Georgia’s financial institutions, the Supreme Court of Georgia held in FDIC v. Loudermilk, S14Q0454 (Ga. July 11, 2014), that officers and directors of banks are protected by the business judgment rule, which affords officers and directors a...
SEC Launches First Whistleblower Retaliation Case Under Dodd-Frank
Thomas R. Bundy,Peter N. Farley,Patricia A. Gorham,Cheryl L. Haas,Cynthia M. Krus, June 24, 2014
On June 16, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) initiated and resolved its first case charging an employer with unlawfully retaliating against a securities whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This administrative proceeding marks the...
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