Charles C. Gordon

Charles C. Gordon

Of Counsel


Charles Gordon is a respected trial lawyer and a founder of GTTC. For more than 45 years, he has focused his practice on complex commercial disputes, insurance recovery, and personal injury litigation. In 2013 he transitioned from partner to Of Counsel status with the firm. Like most of his colleagues at GTTC, Chuck has focused his career on high-stakes disputes that have the potential to be tried to a jury. He has tried more than 50 cases to verdict. Hundreds more of his cases were skillfully managed and resolved, favorably and cost-effectively, prior to trial.

Chuck is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a highly selective, invitation-only fellowship of exceptional trial lawyers. He served as state chair of the Washington Chapter. In addition, he is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national association with membership limited to experienced trial lawyers and judges. Chuck has consistently associated as co-counsel with a wide range of national law firms with personal injury, property damage, and commercial litigation in the State of Washington.

Twenty years ago Chuck and his new partners established their new firm’s sterling reputation in a number of environmental insurance recovery cases – representing clients like Boeing, Weyerhaeuser and Puget Sound Energy – that shaped this area of law in Washington and elsewhere. Before founding GTTC, Chuck was a successful trial lawyer with Seattle’s Perkins Coie for 25 years and served on that firm’s Executive Committee and as chair of its litigation practice. Upon graduation from law school, he served two years as a U.S. Army Trial Counsel – long enough to let him know how much he truly loved the courtroom.

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Professional Experience

Representative Matters

Over 45 years of experience in the management and trial of complex civil litigation throughout the state and federal courts in Washington State.

Has significant trial experience in actions including personal injury, property claims, product liability, and other commercial litigation.

Extensive experience representing policyholders seeking to compel insurance coverage for costs incurred in the cleanup of hazardous waste sites.

Served as one of the lead trial counsel in the following environmental insurance cases:

  • Boeing v. Aetna, et al., No. C89-352 (W.D. Wash.). This case involved claims in excess of $100,000,000 and was one of the first major cases actually tried to judgment.
  • Weyerhaeuser v. Aetna, et al., No. 92-2-05214-8 (Sup. Ct. Wash.). This case involved multiple sites and claims in excess of $100,000,000. Trials were conducted in October 1994 and February 1996.
  • Puget Sound Power & Light Company v. Aetna, et al., No. C92-0119 (W.D. Wash.). This case involved two sites and claims in excess of $4,000,000. The matter was substantially resolved through multiple settlements.

Responsible for management of Puget Sound Energy’s litigation while at Perkins Coie from and after the utility developed its self-insurance program in 1974. In addition to Puget Sound Energy, has consistently represented other national firms that have personal injury, property damage, and commercial litigation in the state of Washington.

Extensive experience working with general counsel and risk management in the resolution of personal injury actions and commercial claims of all degrees and types.

Has represented major taxpayers in appeals from local real and personal property tax assessments and has served as lead counsel in the resolution of major litigation in settlement, trial, and appeal.

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • Municipal League
  • Washington Association of Defense Counsel, Trustee (former)
  • University of Washington Law School Foundation (former)
  • United States Army (Captain), Trial Counsel, 1969-1971

Representative Clients

Publications & Presentations

  • Numerous legal education presentations on multiple litigation subjects 

Bar/Court Admissions

Personal

In 1996 I was a perfectly happy partner at Perkins Coie – until Jeff Tilden and another mutual friend pitched the idea of forming our own firm. We would focus on complex civil litigation in an intentionally lean model, where collegiality was the rule and deep partner involvement in each case was the only way of doing business. With two kids in college and a mortgage payment, it was a risk – but a calculated risk. We never looked back.

Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife, my grown children, and my wonderful grandchildren. We have homes in Bellevue as well as Palm Desert, California, where we play lots of golf and tennis. I enjoy hunting birds in Eastern Washington, and am training a new chocolate lab puppy as a pet and hunting partner. In my spare time, I like to read a good mystery – especially books by Daniel Silva featuring the Israeli spy Gabriel Allon.

Practice Emphasis

Education

  • J.D., University of Washington, School of Law 1969
    • Board of Editors, Washington Law Review
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1966

Recognition

  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer review as AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0
  • Recognized by National Law Journal as one of the “Top-Ten” Trial Lawyers in Washington, 2000
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Super Lawyer, Business Litigation, since 2003
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, Bet the Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law, since 1993