Gordon L. Welborn - Hart Wagner LLP

Gordon L. Welborn

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Gordon “Gordy” Welborn is one of Hart Wagner LLP's managing partners.  Gordy was born and raised in Oregon.  He decided as a youngster that he intended to be his family’s first lawyer.  Driven by the same passion that led to his many honors in athletics, Gordy worked his way through both his undergraduate and law school degrees. Gordy married his junior high school sweetheart while they were both in college, and the two of them began a family while Gordy was in law school.  

Gordy started his career as an active trial lawyer in 1987.  He joined Hart Wagner in 1993, and became a partner in 1995.  Based upon requests of firm clients based in Central and Eastern Oregon, Gordy and his family moved to Redmond to open a Hart Wagner office there 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 lawyer for physicians, attorneys and other professionals facing litigation.  His extensive and successful trial record has provided him with credibility among opposing counsel and judges, which has created a foundation of credibility that has become invaluable to clients.

Gordy continues to maintain a very active trial practice throughout Oregon and Washington, and works out of Hart Wagner's Redmond and Portland offices.


Gordon Welborn's law practice emphasizes the defense of professional claims including defense of physicians, clinics and hospitals, lawyers, dentists, real estate professionals, architects and engineers, construction professionals, and property managers.  In addition, Gordy has maintained an active practice involving claims of product liability, board of director claims, premises liability claims, automobile and trucking claims, governmental liability claims, trademark and copyright claims, real property disputes, and general liability claims. Gordy also assists clients with business litigation and real property disputes.

  • Hart Wagner, LLP (Partner, 1995-present; Associate, 1993-1995)
  • Moscato, Byerly & Skopil (Associate, 1992-1993)
  • Safeco Insurance Company (Attorney, 1987-1992)
  • Clackamas County Circuit Court (Judicial Clerk to Judge Raymond Bagley, 1985-1987)
  • Lewis & Clark College
    Northwestern School of Law
    J.D., 1986
  • Portland State University
    B.S., 1983
  • Southern Oregon State College
  • Clackamas High School
    Graduated in 1979

Oregon and Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon


American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Advocate
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, President and Member of Board of Directors (OADC)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
J.R. Campbell American Inn of Court for Deschutes County, Past President
Oregon Medical Association, Trainer since 1995

Portland State UniversityLewis & Clark Law SchoolJ.D. 1986

Client Comments

"Gordon Wellborn is one of the best trial lawyers for medical malpractice and complex litigation cases in Oregon."

Office Location

439 Southwest Umatilla Avenue
Redmond, OR 97756-7037
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Gordon L. Welborn has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Gordon L. Welborn has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Male