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About me

I practice corporate, commercial and real estate law.  My practice includes structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements across a broad range of industries, including software, new media, consumer products, manufacturing, entertainment and marketing. I have special expertise in representing music festivals and other special events. My clients are typically entrepreneurs and startup through middle market businesses.


I am fluent in Spanish and I regularly advise U.S. businesses expanding to international markets and non-U.S. companies entering the U.S.


Prior to starting my own law firm, I was a Partner at Strasburger & Price LLP in Austin, Texas, where I practiced law for 11 years.


I am a licensed attorney in Washington and Texas.


Languages spoken: Spanish, Portuguese

Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 40%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Entertainment: 30%
    200 cases
  3. M & A: 20%
    12 years, 250 cases
  4. Corporate: 10%
    12 years, 250 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Marshall Phillip Meringola

    I have worked with John on various matters and have found him to be knowledgeable, thorough and committed to representing the interests of his clients. I strongly endorse John for any "run-the-company" legal matter, including company start-up issues, contract negotiations, licensing, joint ventures and mergers/acquisitions.


    Marshall Meringola Health Care Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Cynthia E. Ellis Rosen

    John is both extremely personable and extremely sharp. He has an entrepreneurial, can-do attitude and is committed to superior client service. I would recommend John without hesitation for any business transaction matter.


    Cynthia Rosen Commercial Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

John Dorsey PLLC

Parfitt Building
175 Parfitt Way SW, Suite N290
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200401/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Texas Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Texas Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Phil Kelton Business Associate AwardStrasburger & Price, LLP2011
Mark Martin Associate of the Year AwardStrasburger & Price, LLP2010
Strasburger Rainmaker AwardStrasburger & Price, LLP2009
The Phil Kelton Business Associate AwardStrasburger & Price, LLP2008
The Mike Joplin Ambassador Award (Outstanding Client Service)Strasburger & Price, LLP2007
Leonard Rosensen Award (Finance and Real Estate Transactions)Tulane Law School2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberJohn Dorsey PLLC2015 - Present
PartnerStrasburger & Price, LLP2004 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kitsap County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Austin Business JournalThe fine print*2013
KUT Radio (Interview)KUT Radio Interview - "New Rule Worries Foreign Depositors"2012
TheDeal.comPrivatization, no [Pemex]2009
Business Traveler OnlineFace Time [Business Etiquette in Mexico]2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
George Washington University National Law CenterInternational AffairsMA - Masters1999
University of Colorado - BoulderSpanish & International AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Financial Executives InternationalDoing Business in Mexico2010
International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring ConfederationSocial Networking for Lawyers2009
Client PresentationAcquiring Assets and Companies in the United States [presentation given in Portuguese]2009
Client PresentationSecured Financing Transactions in the United States [presentation given in Spanish]2008