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Gwendolyn C. Payton

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7746 | paytong@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

Gwendolyn Payton is the chair of the Class Action Practice Group, which was recently ranked in the U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey. Gwendolyn also co-chair’s Lane Powell’s Health Care Practice Group, which was also recently ranked in the U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey. Gwendolyn focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, class actions, antitrust and trade litigation. She has an active trial practice in state and federal courts, and regularly argues appeals in state and federal court. Gwendolyn is also the chair of Lane Powell’s Hiring Committee, as well as chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee for the Seattle office. Gwendolyn has been named as a “Washington Rising Star” every year since 2001 by Super Lawyers magazine. She has also been named one of the “Forty under 40” by Puget Sound Business Journal and named to Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Female Litigators in America.”

Admitted to Practice

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • District Court, Western District of Washington
  • District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • District Court, Northern District of California
  • District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • District Court, District of Oregon
  • District Court, District of Alaska
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Academics

  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1996)
  • University of Chicago (B.A., 1994)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Member, Lane Powell Board of Directors
  • Chair, Lane Powell Class Action Defense Practice Group
  • Chair, Lane Powell Hiring Committee
  • Chair, Lane Powell Pro Bono Committee, Seattle Office
  • Co-chair, Health Care
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Intellectual Property and Technology

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Counsel for Premera Blue Cross in multiple matters
  • Counsel for Plaintiff VoiceStream Wireless n/k/a T-Mobile USA in complex commercial suit
  • Counsel for Cutter & Buck in Cutter & Buck Securities Litigation and related directors and officers’ liability insurance coverage suit
  • Counsel for Texaco in multi-million dollar environmental clean-up claim
  • Counsel for the Fishing Company of Alaska in Greenpeace v. Nat’l Marine Fisheries Serv. and numerous other regulatory and federal court actions
  • Counsel for plaintiff prosecuting multiple securities fraud claims in Eagle River Investments v. Liebsack, et al.
  • Counsel for various Washington State cities in successful constitutional challenge to Washington Initiative 695
  • Counsel for a plaintiff magazine publisher in antitrust trial to successful verdict

Awards and Honors

  • Peer Review Rated “AV” in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers magazine (2001-2012)
  • Selected “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation (2009-2013); “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (2012-2014)
  • Named one of the “Forty under 40,” Puget Sound Business Journal (2008)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Pacific Northwest Ballet
    • Trustee
    • Gala Chair (2013)
  • Immediate Past President, Board of Directors of the Boyer Children’s Clinic
  • Steering Committee Member, American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project
  • Advisory Board, Seattle Dance Project
  • Advisory Board, Velocity Dance Center
  • Advisory Counsel, Yoga Behind Bars

Gwendolyn C. Payton

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7746 | paytong@lanepowell.com

Date
06.17.2014
11.14.2013
06.21.2013
10.24.2012
07.10.2012
06.13.2012
11.29.2011
08.09.2011
06.20.2011
10.18.2010
10.04.2010
08.31.2010
07.20.2010
07.01.2010
04.06.2010
12.08.2009
12.04.2009
08.31.2009
04.13.2009
01.27.2009

Gwendolyn C. Payton

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7746 | paytong@lanepowell.com

Date
05.01.2001
04.01.2001