Gordon Welborn

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Gordon “Gordy” Welborn works in both our Portland and Central Oregon 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, medical clinics and hospitals, and attorneys and law firms. Gordy’s active trial practice also includes product liability claims and high exposure automobile and trucking claims.

Law Practice Continued

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 trial lawyer in a broad range of cases. Gordy’s extensive trial experience in high exposure litigation has led to his reputation as the lawyer you need on your side.  His compassion, persistence, and skill at quickly evaluating complex situations, developing strategy, and effectively representing his clients has led to him being the choice for clients facing high stakes litigation.  With more than 30 years of trial experience, he has developed a foundation of credibility and integrity with opposing counsel and judges which 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.


Trial Experience

Obtained a defense verdict for a physician in a 17 day trial arising from a surgical complication resulting in a paraplegic injury to a 6 year old.

Won a defense verdict for a physician in a 9 day birth injury trial.

Received a complete defense verdict for a physician performing a lumbar puncture resulting in paraplegia.

Obtained a verdict for the exact amount argued to the court in a 16 day construction defect trial.

Won a defense verdict in a 9 day $10 million wrongful death case against a surgeon that resulted in nightly television and newspaper coverage throughout the trial.

Successfully defended a surgeon in a multi-million dollar wrongful death case involving a surgical complication.

Successfully defended a physician in a 7 day alleged failure to diagnose breast cancer case.

Obtained a defense verdict for a physician in a case involving a psychiatric hold.

Won a products liability trial involving a serious injury related to the use of an airless paint sprayer.

Successfully defended a trucking company in an 8 day trial regarding an accident resulting in major injuries to the plaintiff.

Obtained 3 separate defense verdicts for surgeons performing endocrine surgeries.

Won a 5 day legal malpractice trial for a lawyer involving estate planning issues.

Obtained a defense verdict for a physician in a 10 day failure to diagnose cancer trial in which the prayer was over $10 million.

Obtained back to back defense verdicts within 3 weeks in an attorney malpractice trial followed immediately by an 8 day wrongful death medical malpractice trial.

Obtained back to back defense verdicts within 3 weeks in a wrongful death medical malpractice trial followed immediately by a 10 day logging accident trial in which the prayer was over $10 million regarding an alleged brain injury.

Obtained 3 defense verdicts for the same major retailer within 6 months in 3 premises liability cases.



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

Portland State University
B.S., 1983


Admitted To Practice

Oregon and Washington State and Federal Courts

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers in America

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, 2014-2020

Medical Malpractice Law: Defendants, 2014-2020

Legal Malpractice Law: Defendants, 2012-2020

Professional Malpractice Law: Defendants, 2014-2020

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

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

Oregon Super Lawyers

Professional Liability: Defense, 2009 – 2020

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

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