Gordon & Rees partner Nancy M. Erfle is a member of the Tort & Product Liability Litigation and Drug & Medical Device practice groups and currently serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice is focused on litigation, specifically the defense of manufacturers in the area of automotive, heavy equipment, toxic tort and medical exposures. Ms. Erfle has served on national litigation teams and as lead local and regional counsel for manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical device 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 claims throughout the country.
Ms. Erfle was the IADC Trial Academy Director for the 2019 Trial Academy for the International Association of Defense Counsel, which was held at Stanford University Law School. She served as Director-Elect for 2018 and was a member of the teaching faculty in 2007. She also serves as an adjunct professor for Lewis & Clark Law School’s Aviation Seminar.
Ms. Erfle was selected as a Law360 2017 Product Liability MVP, one of only five attorneys in the nation to receive that recognition. She was recognized among the leading practitioners in the county in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA for her defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, agricultural chemical manufacturers, aviation manufacturers, as well as companies involved in commercial disputes. 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 five 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. Since 2012 she has been consistently named in 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
Defense Research Institute
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 a past 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).