One day while arguing in court in 2013, Michael Dorsi found himself up against two impressive and personable attorneys: Katy Young and David Nied. The two joked about hiring Michael, an accomplished rising litigator — and a little over a year later, he took them up on the offer.

While working at Ad Astra, Michael’s business and commercial litigation specialty has continued to grow and includes 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. Michael has also successfully avoided litigation by negotiating buyouts with business owners.

When he’s not arguing in court, questioning witnesses, and working on interesting cases, you might find him out hiking — he’s even hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, 2650 miles from Mexico to Canada.

State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

Harvard Law School, 2011
University of California, Berkeley, 2006

Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court (2015–16, 2018–present)

SuperLawyers Rising Stars, Northern California (2015–present)

Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable: Advising Clients in the Sharing Economy, 33 Cal. Bus. L. Practitioner (CEB) 109 (2018) (with Katy M. Young).

Computer Criminal Intent, 51 U.S.F. L. Rev. 469 (2017) (with Keenan Ng)

Clean Energy Pricing and Federalism: Legal Obstacles and Options for Feed-in Tariffs, 33 Environs: Envt’l Law & Policy Journal (UC Davis) 173 (2012)

Case Comment, Piedmont Envtl. Council v. FERC, 34 Harvard Environmental Law Review 593 (2010)

January 23, 2019
Computer Crime Law and Civil Litigation (Bar Association of San Francisco, Barrister’s Club Solo and Small Firm, Intellectual Property, and Litigation Sections)

March 15, 2018
Risky Business: Consumer Data and the Law (Symposium by Hastings Business Law Journal. Panelist, Data Gathering, Scraping, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act)

Board Member, Bar Association of San Francisco, Solo and Small Firm Section of the Barrister’s Club

Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court

Volunteer Attorney Coach, Ruta Asawa School of the Arts Mock Trial Team

  1. What is your favorite vacation spot?
    Yosemite backcountry
  2. What is your obsession? For example, Golf, Bridge or riding a bike.
    Unhealthy obsession? Instagram
  3. What is your favorite food?