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Victoria Dorfman


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  • Harvard University (J.D. magna cum laude 2001; Articles, Books, and Commentaries Editor, Harvard Law Review; A.B. in European History cum laude 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • 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)

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.

Victoria Dorfman