Biography

Elizabeth Dorsi leads the Fintech Initiative. She 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 focuses on complex litigation with an emphasis on unfair competition, false advertising consumer class actions, breach of contract claims, business dissolution disputes, and trust and estate litigation. 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.

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 served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable William B. Shubb of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, and as a legal intern with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation (2021)
  • Northern California Rising Stars, Super Lawyers (2020-2021)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Executive Committee, Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Northern California (2019-present)
  • Board of Directors, Pacific Crest Trail Association (2021-present)
  • Board of Directors, AIDS Legal Referral Panel (2014-2016)