David M. Dorsen

Of Counsel

David M. Dorsen

Of Counsel
Overview Overview Experience Credentials

David Dorsen is a seasoned trial attorney with many notable cases throughout his career. Among his many noteworthy cases, he acted as lead counsel in the representation of 200 women who sued the Government Printing Office for sex discrimination that resulted in a $20 million victory.  

David has handled a defamation suit on behalf of General Westmoreland against major television network CBS and news personality Mike Wallace and one by John W. Dean and Maureen Dean against G. Gordon Liddy and others. He has represented the Hunt Brothers before the CFTC after the collapse of the silver market. He was also involved in the Watergate as assistant chief counsel to Senator Ervin’s Watergate Committee.

Presentations and Publications

David is the author of the prize-winning Henry Friendly, Greatest Judge of His Era, published in 2012 by Harvard University Press with a foreword by Judge Richard A. Posner. This is the first volume of his projected Judicial Trilogy. The second volume is a study of the jurisprudence of Justice Antonin Scalia, entitled, The Unexpected Scalia; Liberal Opinions from a Conservative Justice, which Cambridge University Press will publish in May 2017. 

David has also published law review articles, a chapter of a book on legal tactics, and non-legal writing in a variety of magazines and newspapers.


  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court (D.D.C.)


  • J.D. (1959) Harvard Law School
  • Harvard Law Review
  • A.B. (1956) Harvard University