Kenneth Gorton

Kenneth Gorton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in University Place, WA

Gorton Law
 | 4113 Bridgeport Way West, Suite D
University Place, WA 98466
Phone: 253-292-1928
Fax: 253-292-1958
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Kenneth Gorton is a trial attorney in Washington. He has represented hundreds of clients in Court, including teachers, veterans, firefighters and police officers injured in the line of duty. He has recovered tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.

    Mr. Gorton is rated 10 out of 10 (superb) by AVVO and recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which only admits trial attorneys who have demonstrated “superior results in complex cases” exceeding one million dollars.

    Mr. Gorton's qualifications include a doctorate in law and master’s in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University, as well as a master's in psychology from the University of Alaska. He served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Robert Bryan, and then as a deputy prosecutor for Thurston County before entering private practice as a litigator. Mr. Gorton currently manages a busy law firm in University Place, Washington, with revenues well in excess of $1 million.

    Please visit our website at www.GortonLaw.net for more information.

    DISCLAIMER: EACH CASE IS DIFFERENT AND EACH OUTCOME IS DIFFERENT. PAST PERFORMANCE DOES NOT GUARANTEE FUTURE PERFORMANCE OR OUTCOME.

    White Papers

  • National Position Paper (PIABA / NASD) (2005) - National position paper written on bahalf of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) and submitted to the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), Request for Notice to Members Regarding Third Party Money Managers: Duty to Make Suitable Recommendations; Duty to Monitor; and Waiver of Liability Provisions in Arbitration Contracts Invalid Under NASD Rules.

  • About Kenneth Gorton

    Admitted: 2006, Washington

    Professional Webpage: https://gortonlaw.net/attorney/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Certificate of Professionalism from the Pierce County Superior Court following a four-week jury trial with over 23 witnesses (resulting in a favorable verdict for injured firefighter client)., Pierce County Superior Court, 2013
    • One-year term as federal law clerk for the Honorable Robert Bryan., Federal Clerkship, 2005
    • Awarded the 2013 Client's Choice Award by AVVO.  Please see AVVO's website for client testimonials., 2013
    • Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which only admits trial attorneys who have demonstrated “superior results in complex cases” in excess of one million dollars.
    • Received highest possible rating by AVVO, one of the best-known ranking services for lawyers, which rates Mr. Gorton as 10 out of 10 (superb).  Please see AVVO profile for client testimonials and recent results., 2014
    • Certificate of Appreciation for serving as the student editor of the American Bar Association's national student journal., Certificate of Appreciation, American Bar Association, 2003

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Master's degree in dispute resolution through Pepperdine University School of Law. Includes training and certification in mediation and negotiation strategy., 2005

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Judge for Disciplinary Hearings (WSBA Hearing Officer). Appointed by the Washington Supreme Court for 2014-2024 term., 2014
    • Committee Member, WSBA Court Rules & Procedures Committee. Appointed by Board of Governors for 2014-16 term. , 2014

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Lengthy history of pro bono service representing disabled and/or elderly clients who could not otherwise afford legal counsel. , 2020

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Guest lecturer for Dr. Peter Collins, Ph.D., Criminal Procedure (Fourth Amendment Privacy), Seattle University Criminal Justice Program, 2014
    • Overview of law and strategy regarding the arbitration of securities claims, Author, When Words Collide: Arbitrating Securities Claims When Oral Misrepresentations by a Broker Contradict a Written Prospectus, 13 Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) Bar Journal 24-38 (2006).
    • Overview of federal case law and international law as related to commercial litigation and the enforcement of arbitration awards in different jurisdictions, Author, International Commercial Arbitration & Anti-Suit Injunctions: When a Party Eschews Arbitration in the United States and Runs to a Foreign Court, 166 Mediate.com (Eugene, OR), May 24, 2006.
    • Judicial opinion drafted for federal judge for publication, analyzing motion to vacate NASD securities arbitration award, Author, Allen v. RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc., No. C06-5163 RJB, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27974 (W.D. Wash., May 9, 2006).
    • Judicial opinion drafted for federal judge for publication, dismissing constitutional claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on grounds of qualified immunity, Author, Hansen v. Pierce County, No. C05-5518 RJB, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51754 (W.D. Wash., July 28, 2006).
    • Overview of law regarding the legal duties of brokerage firms to monitor brokers and their activities, Co-Author, Third Party Money Managers: Brokerage Firms’ Duty to Monitor and Resulting Liability, Practicing Law Institute, Securities Arbitration 2005: Telling Your Story 163-76 (2005).
    • Judicial opinion drafted for federal judge for publication, analyzing constitutional claims, Author, Bakay v. Yarns, 431 F.Supp.2d 1103 (W.D. Wash. 2006).
    • Analysis of conflict management techniques designed to de-escalate conflict and heal relationships, Author, Attribution Theory & De-Escalation: Transforming Concrete into Abstract as a Method of Conflict Management, 136 Mediate.com (Eugene, OR), March 30, 2005.
    • National position paper written on bahalf of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association and submitted to the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), Co-Author, Request for Notice to Members Regarding Third Party Money Managers: Duty to Make Suitable Recommendations; Duty to Monitor; and Waiver of Liability Provisions in Arbitration Contracts Invalid Under NASD Rules, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA).
    • Guest lecturer for Dr. Peter Collins, Ph.D., Criminal Procedure (Fourth Amendment Privacy), Seattle University Criminal Justice Program, 2013
    • Guest lecturer for Mary Jane Sherwood, Constitutional Rights (Individual Rights in Washington), Green River College Criminal Justice Program, 2014
    • Guest lecturer for Dr. Peter Collins, Ph.D., Criminal Law (Understanding Mens Rea), Seattle University Criminal Justice Program, 2013

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Wrongful death in fire (Lewis County): $2,000,000.00
    • Firefighter injured in line of duty (King County): $1,125,296.00
    • Motor vehicle collision (King County): $900,000.00
    • Motor vehicle collision (King County): $850,000.00
    • Motor vehicle collision (Pierce County): $725,000.00
    • Firefighter injured in line of duty (Thurston County): $600,000.00
    • Client injured in line of duty as firefighter (Kitsap County):  $550,000.00
    • Client injured in accident by negligent company (Pierce County):  $400,000.00
    • Client injured in motor vehicle collision (Thurston County):  $397,500.00
    • Client injured in line of duty as firefighter (Pierce County):  $357,381.97
    • Client injured as pedestrian (Thurston County):  $350,000.00
    • Client injured by negligence of school (Thurston County):  $325,000.00
    • Client victim of nursing home abuse (Thurston County):  $300,000.00
    • Client injured in motor vehicle collision (Thurston County):  $300,000.00

    Representative Clients:

    • Kenneth Gorton is a trial attorney in Washington. He has represented hundreds of clients in Court, including teachers, veterans, firefighters and police officers injured in the line of duty. He has recovered tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements., 2020

    Educational Background:

    • Juris Doctor (Doctorate in Law): Pepperdine University School of Law., 2005
    • Master's Degree in Dispute Resolution (Negotiation and Conflict Resolution): Pepperdine University School of Law., 2005
    • Master's Degree in Psychology: University of Alaska., 1997
    • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology: University of Alaska., 1996

    Industry Groups

    • Civil Litigation
    • Consumer Protection
    • Insurance
    • Personal Injury
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    Office Location for Kenneth Gorton

    4113 Bridgeport Way West
    Suite D
    University Place, WA 98466

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    Last Updated: 10/28/2020

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