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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 gained significant experience 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 has substantial experience in jurisdiction and civil procedure, enforcement of arbitral awards, standing, injunctions, bankruptcy, antitrust, and general commercial litigation.

Victoria's representations 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; UNCITRAL and 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. Her pro bono work includes successful representations in the First Amendment Establishment and Free Exercise cases.

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.


  • Charter schools' arguments cited in New York Court of Appeals decision affirming charter school autonomyJones Day submitted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of several New York charter schools in a dispute over charter school autonomy.
  • Amici-professors' arguments adopted in Third Circuit decision in First Amendment caseJones Day submitted an amicus brief in support of the defendant-appellee on behalf of a group of law professors in an appeal concerning the application of the First Amendment “ministerial exception” to an employment contract dispute between the historic First Mount Zion Baptist Church of Pittsburgh and the church’s former pastor.
  • MF Global resolves dispute with holdout E&O insurersIn a collaboration among its Business Restructuring & Reorganization, Insurance Recovery and Issues & Appeals practices, Jones Day represented MF Global Holdings Ltd. and its affiliates ("MF Global") in litigation against certain dissenting insurance companies that refused to contribute to a 2016 global settlement of multi-district litigation brought by MF Global’s former commodities futures customers.
  • Relativity wins Second Circuit appeal against NetflixJones Day successfully brought Relativity Media, LLC and many of its affiliates through a Chapter 11 proceeding in bankruptcy and confirmed its plan of reorganization.
  • Relativity Media prevails in high-stakes litigation against NetflixA federal bankruptcy judge in New York ordered Netflix to pay Relativity Media, LLC all of its more than $800,000 in attorney’s fees and expenses incurred in a high-stakes litigation that prevented Netflix from streaming two Relativity Films prior to their theatrical release.
  • Amici-professors' writings cited frequently in Second Circuit decision in Establishment Clause caseJones Day submitted an amicus brief in support of Defendants-Appellees on behalf of a group of law professors in an appeal concerning the interpretation of the "ministerial" exception to the Establishment Clause and its application to the firing of a lay principal of a school run by the New York Archdiocese.
  • Caesars second lien noteholders confirm support for economic terms of consensual chapter 11 planJones Day represents the Official Committee of Second Priority Noteholders ("Second Priority Noteholders") of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company ("CEOC"), the casino operator who filed for bankruptcy in January 2015.
  • City of Detroit's chapter 9 plan of adjustment confirmedJones Day served as lead restructuring counsel to the City of Detroit in connection with its chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed in July 2013 and its ongoing restructuring efforts.
  • Kazakh investors initiate ICSID arbitration against UzbekistanJones Day represents Vladislav Kim and 11 other citizens of Kazakhstan in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Uzbekistan instituted pursuant to the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments.
  • LUKOIL wins arbitration under UNCITRAL rules involving licensing rights to diamond mine in Russia worth $8 billionJones Day represented Arkhangelskoe Geologodobychnoe Predpriyatie ("AGD"), a subsidiary of LUKOIL, a Russian conglomerate, in an arbitration in Stockholm, under UNCITRAL rules, brought by Archangel Diamond Corporation ("ADC"), a subsidiary of DeBeers.
  • Sinochem prevails in U.S. Supreme Court in dispute involving jurisdictional rules that apply in U.S. federal courtsA team of Jones Day lawyers located in Washington, D.C. and Shanghai obtained a 9-0 victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of our client Sinochem International Co., Ltd., in an important dispute involving the jurisdictional rules that apply in U.S. federal courts.
  • Chrysler sold to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" after historic court proceedingsAfter a historic battle all the way to the United States Supreme Court, Chrysler LLC sold substantially all of its assets to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" (Chrysler Group LLC) on June 10, 2009, providing the opportunity for its iconic brands and U.S. operations to survive.
  • Bayer prevails in Supreme Court, ending federal Cipro antitrust class actionsOn March 7, 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in In re Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride Antitrust Litigation, bringing to an end an eleven-year battle between Jones Day client Bayer and antitrust class plaintiffs arising from a patent settlement concerning Bayer's popular antibiotic, Cipro.
  • Advising ethnic minority groups in Burma on peace negotiations with the governmentJones Day advised ethnic minority groups on possible approaches to peace negotiations by preparing a comprehensive survey of processes undertaken in similar circumstances in other countries.
  • Chevron successfully pursues federal court and administrative actions to challenge process for finalizing ownership interests at Elk Hills oil fieldJones Day successfully represented Chevron Corporation in several administrative proceedings and two trials in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in matters relating to the administrative process established by the parties to finalize the government’s and Chevron’s ownership interests of the Elk Hills oil field near Bakersfield CA, the largest unitized oil field in North America.
  • NACCO resolves claims against Harbinger hedge fundsIn 2006, Applica Incorporated terminated its merger agreement with Jones Day client NACCO Industries, Inc. in favor of a competing offer from the Harbinger hedge funds.
  • Non-agent lenders defeat Adelphia's claimsJones Day represents approximately 400 lending institutions ("Non-Agent Lenders") in the Adelphia Communications bankruptcy case.
  • Maricopa County Attorney challenges the establishment of separate DUI courts for Native American and Spanish speakersJones Day represented the Maricopa County Attorney in a civil rights action challenging the establishment of separate DUI courts for Native American and Spanish speakers.
  • Sherwin-Williams prevails in landmark public nuisance suit over lead pigment before Rhode Island Supreme CourtThe Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned a jury verdict against Jones Day client, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and other former lead pigment manufacturers, stating that the trial court should have dismissed the public nuisance claim at the outset.
  • SAC Capital Management and Macklowe Properties win summary judgment on breach of contract claims by real estate brokerJones Day won summary judgment on behalf of its clients, S.A.C. Capital Management, Inc., S.A.C. Capital Management, LLC, S.A.C. Advisors, LLC ("SAC"), and Macklowe Properties, Inc. and related Macklowe entities ("Macklowe").
  • Prince Jefri Bolkiah, member of Bruneian royal family, pursues claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against two former advisorsJones Day represents Prince Jefri Bolkiah, a member of the royal family of Brunei, pursuing claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against two former advisors of Prince Jefri, Faith Zaman and Thomas Derbyshire, and related parties.
  • Port Authority of NY and NJ challenges DOT's planned auction of slots at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airportsJones Day represented The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a series of legal proceedings arising out of the planned auction by the U.S. Department of Transportation, including the Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of the Secretary, of landing and take-off operating authorizations at JFK, La Guardia, and Newark airports.
  • Bayer wins summary judgment against pest control operators antitrust class actionJones Day client Bayer Corporation and Bayer CropScience, L.P. won summary judgment in a case brought as a nationwide antitrust class action by pest control operators who had purchased Premise, a termiticide that Bayer manufactures.
  • Congressman Boehner wins damages and attorney's fees in suit over disclosure of illegally recorded tapeJones Day represented Congressman John A. Boehner, who sued Congressman James McDermott for unlawfully disclosing an illegally recorded tape of a telephone conversation among Boehner and other House of Representatives leaders, including then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.
  • Experian defeats suit in Ninth Circuit challenging, under Fair Credit Reporting Act, Experian's reporting of debt discharged in bankruptcyJones Day successfully defended Experian Information Solutions, Inc. in this suit against Experian and Bank of America.
  • Experian defeats putative class action in Second Circuit based on preemption of state law under the FCRAJones Day successfully defended Experian Information Solutions, Inc. in this putative class action against Experian and the other major national credit reporting agencies.
  • Sierra Leone woman granted asylum under the Convention Against Torture ActAssociate Victoria Dorfman, Jones Day Washington, along with Partner Larry Rosenberg (Washington) and Partner Lee Ann Russo and associate Gabriel H. Scannapieco (Chicago), represented a refugee from Sierra Leone in the Seventh Circuit, appealing the denial of withholding of removal because of a drug conviction and the denial of relief under the Convention Against Torture.
  • Synagogue members compel synagogue to follow its bylaws and to arbitrate dispute over synagogue's property before panel of rabbis in Establishment Clause caseJones Day obtained victory in the D.C. Court of Appeals, which ordered arbitration before a panel of rabbis applying Jewish law.
  • Procter & Gamble wins on cutting edge discovery issues in the U.S. to suit up for foreign patent disputes over disposable training pantsIn the aftermath of Jones Day client Procter & Gamble's settlement of patent litigation with Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 1993 over disposable training pant garments, Jones Day has been defending Procter & Gamble against multiple actions initiated by Kimberly-Clark throughout Europe, alleging that new Procter & Gamble training pant products infringe certain of Kimberly-Clark's patents.
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