Gordon “Gordy” Welborn works in both our Portland and Redmond offices and is the firm’s managing partner.  He maintains a very active trial practice throughout Oregon and Washington, focusing on the defense of professionals, including physicians, hospitals, medical clinics, attorneys, architects and engineers and fiduciaries. In addition, Gordy’s active trial practice also includes product liability claims, Board of Director claims, premises liability claims, high exposure automobile and trucking claims and business litigation.

Gordy started his career as an active trial lawyer in 1987 in Portland and joined Hart Wagner in 1993. Based upon requests of our clients based in Central and Eastern Oregon, Gordy and his family moved to Redmond to open our office in 1998.  Since that time, Gordy has earned the respect of judges, colleagues and opponents throughout Oregon and Washington as a litigator in a broad range of cases. Gordy’s extensive trial experience in high exposure litigation has led to his reputation as a lawyer to retain when losing isn’t an option.  His compassion, persistence, and skill at quickly evaluating risks, developing strategy, and effectively representing his clients has caused him to be a highly requested trial attorney for those facing high stakes litigation.  His extensive and successful trial record has provided him with credibility among opposing counsel and judges which has created a foundation of integrity that has become invaluable to his clients.

Aside from his trial practice, Gordy has been actively involved and elected as the leader of a number of litigation based legal organizations throughout his career. These include his role as the President of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and his current position as Vice Chair of the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


Lewis & Clark College
Northwestern School of Law
J.D., 1986

Portland State University
B.S., 1983


Hart Wagner LLP
Partner, 1995 to present
Associate Attorney, 1993 – 1995

Moscato, Byerly & Skopil
Associate Attorney, 1992 – 1993

Safeco Insurance Company
Attorney, 1987 – 1992

Clackamas County Circuit Court
Judge Raymond Bagley
Judicial Clerk, 1985 – 1987

Admitted To Practice

Oregon and Washington State and Federal Courts

Awards and Recognitions

American Board of Trial Advocates, Elected in 2009

American College of Trial Lawyers, Elected as Fellow in 2012

Best Lawyers in America

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, 2014-2019

Medical Malpractice Law: Defendants, 2014-2019

Legal Malpractice Law: Defendants, 2012-2019

Professional Malpractice Law: Defendants, 2014-2019

Lawyer of the Year, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, 2015

Lawyer of the Year, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2013

Oregon Super Lawyers2009-2019

Professional Liability: Defense, 2009 – 2018

Top 50 Lawyers, 2017-2019

Professional Activities and Associations

American College of Trial Lawyers, Elected as Fellow in 2012, Vice Chair of Oregon Committee

American Board of Trial Advocates, Elected in 2009, Past President of Oregon Chapter, 2018

Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Past President 2015; Board of Directors, 2010-2015,

J.R. Campbell American Inn of Court for Deschutes County, Past President

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Oregon Medical Association, Risk Management Speaker 1995 – 2019

Past President of Ronald McDonald House of Central Oregon