Leta Gorman has personally tried more than 25 bench and jury trials as first chair in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts. With more than 25 years in practice, she has represented manufacturers and general contractors in hundreds of class actions, arbitrations, and mediations to resolve product liability, construction defect and asbestos-related claims. If a case cannot be resolved without a trial, her clients know they have a skilled and dedicated trial lawyer on their side who brings an exceptional level of attention and care.
With a lifelong passion for working with women’s organizations, Leta also represents young women and children in cases involving hazing, bullying, and harassment. She served as General Counsel for a national women’s nonprofit resolving various types of issues across the country. Her work in the nonprofit sector influences what she does as a litigator today, bringing empathy and soft skills to resolving issues. She’s driven by making a positive impact and is just as devoted to helping clients in the courtroom.
- Oregon, 1998
- Washington, 1994
- Idaho, 2021
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
- U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Seattle University, School of Law – J.D., cum laude, 1994
- University of Washington – Jackson School of International Studies, U.S. Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy, B.A., with honors, 1989
- Obtained summary judgment dismissals for multiple defendants in multiple asbestos disputes based on premises liability grounds.
- Successfully resolved multiple disputes across the United States involving university students engaged in drug and alcohol abuse and hazing.
- Successfully resolved bullying dispute involving six students against the Roseburg School District.
- Obtained verdict for hazed high school student in case involving the Lake Oswego School District.
- Represented La Noue Development LLC in a construction defect action in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Oregon Supreme Court. Favorable verdict, which affects the interpretation of indemnity clauses.
- Represented Deere & Company in a lawsuit involving allegations of a defective tractor. Obtained directed verdict on one claim and a defense verdict on the remaining claims at trial.
- Served as local counsel for litigation involving an ephedra dietary supplement.
- Represented developer of two multi-unit condominium conversion projects in lawsuits filed by the respective homeowner associations. Favorable settlements reached in both cases.
- Represented developer and general contractor in a lawsuit involving allegations of defective construction on multi-unit townhomes.
- Obtained verdicts in favor of the developer and general contractor and against three subcontractors following a five-week trial.
- Defended chemical plant in a case involving the accidental release of hydrochloric acid. Obtained defense verdict at trial.
- Served as local counsel to General Motors in cases involving side-saddle fuel tanks.
- Served as local counsel to Dow Agrosciences in cases involving pest management products.
- Successfully defended the Ford Motor Company against claims brought by a plaintiff who alleged the vehicle he purchased had either a design defect or was damaged during manufacture or transport.
PASSION FOR EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN
Through her work as an attorney and as a volunteer, Leta has always been very active in prominent women’s organizations. Before she became General Counsel for a women’s national nonprofit, she had volunteered there for 26 years. Leta also traveled around the country with the National Panhellenic Conference doing mock trials, speaking on issues around values, safety, and leadership, and encouraging young women to make good choices. She has served as a host mother for several high school foreign exchange students over the last decade, including students from Egypt, France, Russia, and Portugal. The commitment and passion she brings to her volunteer work translate into her work as a litigator and her unwavering commitment to clients.