Managing Partner: Franklin D Cordell
Number of partners: 10
Number of other lawyers: 5
Gordon Tilden Thomas Cordell LLP is a trial practice firm engaging only in litigation and litigationoriented advice. GTTC’s lawyers take pride in being skilled and experienced trial lawyers — they believe in the court system and feel that, in some cases, there is no substitute for trial. However, they recognize their role is conceiving and implement- ing cost-effective strategies for resolving disputes, whether through trial, creative approaches to settlement, or use of alternative dispute resolution. The firm has no non-litigation practices and does not cross-sell. The firm takes pride in the fact that most of its work comes from repeat business and referrals from fellow attorneys.
Main Areas of Practice:
Gordon Tilden Thomas Cordell LLP is, first and last, a civil trial-practice firm. Although the firm places great importance on maintaining a general trial practice, its lawyers have developed widely recognized expertise in three practice areas.
GTTC lawyers have experience in a broad spectrum of complex business litigation. The firm is particularly accomplished in the following areas:
■Consumer and product-liability class actions
■Business ownership and governance disputes
■Complex contract disputes
■Large-scale construction litigation
■Disputes over non-compete agreements and trade secret protection
■Professional negligence claims and billing disputes
■Real estate litigation
The firm’s business litigation practice is led by Jeff Tilden and Jeff Thomas. Jeff Tilden is a Fellow of the American College of Trial lawyers and has tried over 80 cases to verdict. Jeff Thomas, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, likewise is a veteran trial lawyer with over 20 verdicts to his credit.
GTTC’s experience and accomplishments in the insurance coverage arena establish it as the premier policyholder-side practice in Washington. GTTC lawyers represented the policyholders in some of the most important insurance coverage decisions to come out of the Washington courts. These and other decisions place Washington among the most policyholder-friendly jurisdictions in the country. GTTC advises policyholders and prosecutes claims and coverage litigation in connection with a broad range of coverage lines, underlying liabilities, and related issues, including: environmental property damage and bodily injury; employment discrimination; asbestos liability; workers compensation and employer’s liability; products liability; cyber losses; D&O and EPL coverage; employee theft; construction defects; insurance archaeology and lost-policy issues; insurer insolvency proceedings; insurer bad faith; broker liability; and London-market issues. GTTC’s coverage practice ranges from large-scale litigation on behalf of international corporate policyholders to trying bad-faith claims under personal-line coverages.
High-Stakes Personal Injury:
GTTC has substantial experience in the resolution of catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases and they have tried scores of personal injury cases to verdict. Un- like most personal injury practices, GTTC doesn’t limit itself to representing only plaintiffs or only defendants. This balance enhances GTTC’s effectiveness in both roles — it has achieved multimillion-dollar recoveries for plaintiffs and defense verdicts and summary dismissals for defendants.
The firm represents individuals, government entities and Northwest, national and international businesses including Puget Sound Energy, Inc.; Vulcan Inc.; Providence St. Joseph Health; Oberto Sausage Co.; Seattle Tunnel Partners; City of Seattle; Snohomish County, Washington (Oso landslide insurance recovery); The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Gibraltar Industries, Inc.; Zonar Systems, Inc.; Rollins, Inc.; and Avalara Inc.