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

Patricia A. Gorham


Peer Rating
AV® Preeminent

Client Rating

Featured AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer IconFeatured AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer Icon
Printer Friendly VersionEmail this PageDownload to My Outlook ContactsAdd lawyer to My FavoritesCompare this lawyer to other lawyers in your favorites

Experience & Credentials Ratings & Reviews

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Internal Investigations
  • Financial Services Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8298
Fax: 404-853-8806
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
BornPlainfield, 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.

Selected Experience

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)

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.


Documents by this lawyer on

Subscribe to this feed

SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower Warns Companies and Inside Counsel Against Using Employment Incentives to Deter External Whistleblowing
Thomas R. Bundy,Peter N. Farley,Patricia A. Gorham,Cheryl L. Haas,Cynthia M. Krus, March 21, 2014
During a recent panel discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center’s 18th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, warned companies and their in-house counsel against drafting...

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...

Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Contractors of Public Companies
Peter J. Anderson,Thomas R. Bundy,Peter N. Farley,Patricia A. Gorham,Cynthia M. Krus, March 10, 2014
In the first SOX whistleblower case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court held on March 4 that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) prohibits private contractors of publicly traded companies from retaliating against their employees for engaging in protected whistleblowing activities. As...

View Ratings & Reviews
Profile Visibility
#2,039 in weekly profile views out of 19,211 lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia
#137,516 in weekly profile views out of 1,509,349 total lawyers Overall

Office Information

Patricia A. Gorham

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


Professional Networking for Legal Professionals Only

Quickly and easily expand your professional
network - join the premier global network for legal professionals only. It's powered by the
Martindale-Hubbell database - over 1,000,000 lawyers strong.
Join Now