Victoria Dorfman counsels and represents clients in appellate, Supreme Court, and complex commercial litigation and in international arbitration. She recently rejoined the Washington Office of Jones Day after spending 10 years in the Firm's New York Office. While in New York she litigated in courts within the Second Circuit and New York state courts, where she continues to represent clients. She has successfully briefed cases at all stages of litigation and argued before federal and state courts of appeals.
Victoria's areas of in-depth experience include jurisdiction and civil procedure, arbitration, bankruptcy, antitrust, and general commercial litigation. She maintains an active First Amendment Establishment and Free Exercise practice and represents religious institutions. Victoria's representations also include obtaining unanimous victories in intergovernmental tax immunity and forum non conveniens cases in the United States Supreme Court; bankruptcy confirmations, including in appellate and Supreme Court proceedings, of Chrysler, the City of Detroit, Caesar's, Adelphia, and Relativity Media; international arbitration victories; victories for Bayer in antitrust patent challenges to agreements regarding a blockbuster drug's production; and a damages award for Chevron against the government, including a sanction for bad faith litigation conduct.
Victoria is a native speaker of Russian and is proficient in French and Portuguese. She served with distinction as a co-editor-in-chief of the ABA Appellate Practice Journal and is a member of the ABA Judicial Division's Amicus Committee. She has published articles on religion clauses, bankruptcy, federal jurisdiction, and statutory interpretation and is a contributing author and editor of The Practitioner's Guide to Appellate Advocacy.
Supreme Court: FSIA's Expropriation Exception Applies Only to Sovereign's Taking of Foreigner's Property
En Banc Seventh Circuit to Hear an Important Church Autonomy Case in Demkovich v. St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, National Review
Valuing Litigation in Bankruptcy: The Use of Expert Witnesses to Testify About the Merits and Value of Litigation Claims, American Bankruptcy Law Journal
Religious Autonomy Should Be Key in Determining the Scope of the Ministerial Exception in Morrissey-Berru v. Our Lady of Guadalupe School and Biel v. St. James School, National Review
- June 6, 2017
How High Court Resolved The Service By Mail Circuit Split, Law 360
- March 8, 2017
A Brief History of Water Splash v. Menon, Law 360
Determining Finality of a Judgment Awarding Damages, Appellate Practice, American Bar Association Section of Litigation
Jurisdiction, Chapter 4 in The Practitioner’s Guide to Appellate Advocacy, ABA Book Publishing
Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council: Insights into Seeking Preliminary Injunctions, ABA Appellate Practice Journal
- Winter 2007
The Appellate Practice Associate’s Survival Guide: Tips for Success in a Law Firm Appellate Practice, ABA Appellate Practice Journal
- March 2007
Preliminary Reflections on Sinochem, Opinio Juris Weblog available at http://opiniojuris.org/2007/03/16/preliminary-reflections-on-sinochem/.
Decisional Sequencing: The Supreme Court Clarifies When Jurisdiction Must Be Established Prior To Dismissal on a Non-Merits Threshold Ground, ABA Appellate Practice Journal
- Winter 2006
Statutory Construction: Lessons From The Recent Supreme Court Decisions, ABA Appellate Practice Journal
Note, Powers of Congress and the Court Regarding the Availability and Scope of Review, 114 Harvard Law Review 1551
- March 30, 2021
Doctrine Briefing: The Ministerial Exception, Teleforum, a podcast of The Federalist Society’s Practice Groups
- August 31, 2020
Special Topics in Religious Liberty Series #1: Recent and Upcoming Supreme Court Cases
- May 3, 2011
Staub v. Proctor Hospital - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
- November 10, 2010
Staub v. Proctor Hospital - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
- Harvard University (J.D. magna cum laude 2001; Articles, Books, and Commentaries Editor, Harvard Law Review; A.B. in European History cum laude 1997)
- District of Columbia and New York
- Law Clerk to: Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court (October Term 2002) and Judge J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (2001-2002)