Michael Dorsi, Associate Attorney
Michael Dorsi represents individuals and companies in business and commercial litigation, including fraud, trade secrets, real property, business ownership disputes, breach of contract, and business tort litigation. He also advises clients concerning risks related to state and federal law as well as local ordinances. Mr. Dorsi has also successfully avoided litigation by negotiating buyouts with business owners.
Mr. Dorsi frequently argues motions at hearings before state and federal courts, including summary judgment, pleadings motions, and evidentiary hearings. He has appeared in the superior courts of five Bay Area counties, in addition to federal district and bankruptcy courts. Mr. Dorsi has experience obtaining and opposing prejudgment relief, including temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in business ownership and real property disputes. His experience with bench and jury trials informs his ability to plan strategically from the outset of a case.
Mr. Dorsi has developed an expertise in computer misuse, handling matters ranging from network administrators changing passwords to lock owners out of their own systems to use of software as a service exceeding licensed usage. He has experience seeking remedies under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Wiretap Act, the California Invasion of Privacy Act, the Communications Decency Act, and applications of the common law to digital rights. In 2017, Mr. Dorsi published the article Computer Criminal Intent in the University of San Francisco Law Review (with Keenan W. Ng), analyzing the effectiveness of technical-barrier based defenses to computer misuse statutes.
Mr. Dorsi’s experience includes cases with frequent interactions with clients involved in day-to-day activities, as well as managing litigation independently from clients, notably in trade secrets litigation where client representatives are not permitted to view substantial parts of case files.
Mr. Dorsi’s specific experiences include:
- Won reversal of technical access barrier rule, allowing client to advance case against insider-hackers under California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act (Cal. Penal Code § 502).
- Obtained temporary restraining order against developer due to risk of permanent damage to structure on neighboring property.
- Won judgment including disbursement for partner withdrawing from marketing research company.
- Represented software as a service company in jury trial concerning use of online service exceeding licensed use.
- Successfully defended artist from intrusive attempts to inspect electronically-stored information, including sensitive correspondence with other artists.
- Obtained favorable result for principal investor in real estate investment dispute by defeating all competing claims at the pleading stage.
- Defended telecommunications component company accused of misappropriating trade secrets.
- Represented media company in embezzlement dispute against advertising agency, resulting in favorable settlement.
- Represented whistleblowers exposing fraud against federal government by major health insurance companies and defense contractors.
Mr. Dorsi volunteers as an attorney-coach for San Francisco School of the Arts’ high school mock trial program, and he is very proud of his students (and will not stop talking about them from December through February). He is a fan of Arsenal F.C. and a member of Bay Area Gooners. He is a regular volunteer with Crissy Field Parkrun, a free weekly 5km event for runners of all standards. In 2017, he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, 2650 miles from Mexico to Canada, passing through hot deserts, over snow-covered mountains, across raging rivers, and even into a wildfire.