Gordon & Rees partner Nancy M. Erfle is a member of the Tort & Product Liability Litigation and Commercial Litigation practice groups. Her practice is focused on litigation, specifically on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, agricultural chemical manufacturers, aviation manufacturers, as well as companies involved in commercial disputes. Ms. Erfle has served on national litigation teams and as lead local and regional counsel for both her pharmaceutical and automotive clients on many cases, including several mass tort cases. Currently she is serving as National Trial and Coordination Counsel for a supplier of raw materials in litigation pending in multiple state and federal courts throughout the country. Ms. Erfle also has class action experience in both consumer fraud and securities matters. She has extensive state and federal court jury trial experience defending her clients in all types of product liability and commercial claims.
Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Ms. Erfle was a shareholder at the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where she chaired the firm's Products Liability Litigation group.
In 2007, she served on the faculty of the Trial Academy for International Association of Defense Counsel, held at Stanford University Law School. She also serves as an adjunct professor for Lewis & Clark Law School's Aviation Seminar.
In 2004, Ms. Erfle was selected as a recipient of The Portland Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" Award, an honor which recognizes the 40 most accomplished, influential, and civic-minded young executives in Portland. Since 2006, Ms. Erfle has been named an Oregon "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine, a peer-elected distinction bestowed upon only the top 5 percent of all attorneys in the state of Oregon. In 2007, she was named one of the "100 Most Powerful Women" by Northwest Women's Journal. Ms. Erfle has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010 for her work in Product Liability Litigation and named an Oregon Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation. In 2012 and 2013, she was named one of the Top 250 Women in American Litigation by Benchmark Litigation.
U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U. S. District Court, District of Oregon
U. S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U. S. District Court, District of Montana
International Association of Defense Attorneys (IADC), Board of Directors
Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), sustaining member
DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
American Bar Association, Litigation Section
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Professional & Community Activities
Ms. Erfle is a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), and the Defense Research Institute. She is currently a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel's Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Litigation section for the American Bar Association, the Oregon, Washington and Montana State Bars, and Oregon Association of Defense Counsel. She is a past member of the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners and the past President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Multnomah Bar Association. Ms. Erfle is also a past member of the Young Lawyers Section Pro-Bono Committee and the Volunteer Lawyers Project Board of Directors. She most recently has served on the Site Counsel for East/West Sylvan Middle School.
While enrolled at Rocky Mountain College, Ms. Erfle served as President of the Associated Students and received the President's Cup as the outstanding graduate, as well as the Dean's Cup (co-valedictorian).