Gwendolyn Payton focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, class actions, health care, and antitrust and trade litigation. She has active trial practice in state and federal courts, and regularly argues appeals in state and federal courts.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Payton was a shareholder in the Seattle, Washington office of a large law firm where she was Chair of its Class Action Practice Group and Co-Chair of its Health Care Practice Group and her practice focused on antitrust and trade regulation, class action defense, health care, intellectual property and technology.

Ms. Payton was recognized as a “Washington Rising Star” (2001-2012) and a “Washington Super Lawyer” (2016-2017) for Class Action by Super Lawyers magazine. She was named a “Local Litigation Star” in 2017, a “Future Star” (2009-2016), and one of “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (2012-2017) by Benchmark Litigation. Ms. Payton is the recipient of the Outstanding Mentor Award in 2016 by the King County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She was recognized as a “Forty Under 40” in 2008 by Puget Sound Business Journal. Ms. Payton is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

Pacific Northwest Ballet, Trustee; Gala Chair (2013, 2014 and 2017)

Yoga Behind Bars, Advisory Counsel

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • Washington (1997)
  • Alaska (1997)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Who We Are

Suite 3700, 1420 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98101
USA
t +1 206.626.7714
f +1 206.299.0414
645 G Street, Suite 100-654
Anchorage, AK, 99501
USA