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 and false advertising consumer class actions to 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. Recently, she won dismissal of a $300 million fraud action brought by the CFTC on the basis that Dodd-Frank did not give the CFTC general anti-fraud jurisdiction over the cash commodities market. She also won summary judgment on behalf of a nuclear fuel power manufacturer in a mass tort action, which was affirmed on appeal.

Elizabeth has an active pro bono practice. She’s represented parties in unlawful detainer actions, SSDI administrative appeals, habeas appeals, and civil rights class actions challenging California’s DNA collection law and juvenile detention practices. She 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.

Firm Highlights

Publication

California's AB5 Codifies Stricter Rules for Independent Contractors - What Employers Need to Know

On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB5, codifying the ABC test for distinguishing employees from independent contractors and expanding its application beyond California’s Wage Orders. While AB5 does not...

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Event

Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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Event

Litigating Civil and Criminal Trade Secret Cases: Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned

Trade secret litigation is on the rise, both civil litigation and follow-on criminal prosecution for trade secret theft. Companies are grappling with how to protect their valuable information and minimize risk in their technological...

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CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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News

Ninth Circuit Upholds Data Miner's Injunction Against LinkedIn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. and upheld an injunction barring LinkedIn from blocking it from accessing information made publicly available by the professional networking site’s users...

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3 Lessons For Calif. Insureds From Late-Notice Rule Decision

In Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company,[1] the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule[2] is a fundamental public policy of California...

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How Napa County Seeks to Streamline the Winery Permit Process

Recently, local members of the wine industry in the Napa County area of Northern California have been actively engaged with county government in discussions regarding ways to streamline the winery use permit process. Frustrated with...

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Facebook Suspends Apps That Scrape Data From Its Platform Following Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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News

Farella Braun + Martel Advises on Sale of 2,300-Acre Foote Ranch

Farella Braun + Martel represented a trust that owned 50% of the iconic 2,300-acre Foote Ranch in Sonoma, California in disputes with the ranch’s co-owners and in the subsequent $23.7 million sale of the...

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Kelly Matayoshi Installed as President of UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association Board of Governors

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