Biography

Elizabeth Dorsi represents clients in disputes ranging from high-stakes civil litigation to pre-litigation conflict resolution. Elizabeth leverages her practical experience handling a wide range of matters in state and federal trial courts, on appeal, and in arbitration.

Her practice includes unfair competition, false advertising consumer class actions, business torts, and intellectual property disputes. She uses a combination of strategic, big-picture thinking, and close attention to detail to develop creative solutions when none appear to exist. Elizabeth focuses day-to-day primarily on advising clients on litigation risks and strategy, preparing and responding to dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions, and negotiating settlement agreements with opposing counsel.

Elizabeth recently first-chaired five jury trials during a three-month secondment with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. She delivered opening and closing arguments, examined witnesses, argued motions in limine, and prepared witnesses for trial.

Elizabeth has an active pro bono practice. She successfully argued the Ninth Circuit habeas appeal for a death row inmate, which resulted in her client’s 40-year-old conviction being overturned because the prosecutor had engaged in unconstitutional racial discrimination during jury selection. She has also represented parties in unlawful detainer actions, SSDI administrative appeals, and civil rights class actions challenging California’s DNA collection law and juvenile detention practices.

Elizabeth currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Northern California, and previously served on the board of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.

She served as a legal intern with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Distinctions

  • Northern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers (2020-2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in the area of Commercial Litigation (2021)