Victoria Dorfman represents clients in appellate and complex commercial litigation in U.S. courts 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, including bankruptcy and district courts, 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 includes 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 U.S. Supreme Court; bankruptcy confirmations, including in appellate and Supreme Court proceedings, of Chrysler, the City of Detroit, Caesar's, Adelphia, and Relativity Media; United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitrations; 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. 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 federal jurisdiction and statutory interpretation and is a contributing author and editor of The Practitioner's Guide to Appellate Advocacy.
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
- 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)