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Charles “Trip” Dorkey specializes in complex commercial litigation. Mr. Dorkey has served as lead counsel in significant cases both in New York and nationwide involving securities, reinsurance, construction, real estate, employment, and a broad range of commercial and other business disputes, many of which have arisen out of mergers and acquisition activities.


Due to his governmental service and political work, many of his matters have involved disputes at the intersection between private and public activity.  Mr. Dorkey has also handled a variety of transnational cases dealing with non-U.S. legal proceedings and issues in many countries including Brazil, China, Nigeria, Turkey, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and many European countries.


The Avenue Magazine has recognized Mr. Dorkey as one of New York City's Legal Elite since 2010. He has also been named as one of The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation since 2012.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 80%
    41 years
  2. International Law: 10%
    41 years
  3. State & Local Law: 10%
    41 years

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Dentons US LLP

1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, 10020-1089


DCActive 197707/10/2016
NYCurrently registered 197503/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Best Lawyer, Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
New York City's Legal EliteAvenue Magazine2014
Super Lawyer--Business Litigation--New York MetroSuper Lawyers Publication2008
Super Lawyer--Business Litigation--New York MetroSuper Lawyers Publications2007
Super Lawyer--Busienss Litigation--New York MetroSuper Lawyers Publications2006
FellowNew York Bar Association Foundation2005
FellowAmerican Bar Association Foundation2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDentons US LLP2015 - Present
PartnerMcKenna Long & Aldridge LLP2007 - 2015
PartnerTorys LLP1999 - 2007
PartnerHaythe & Curley1992 - 1999
PartnerRichards & O'Neil1984 - 1991
PartnerReboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol1981 - 1984
AssociateSullivan & Cromwell1975 - 1981
N/AHon Samuel J. Roberts1973 - 1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
Beacon InstituteTrustee2005 - Present
Historic Hudson ValleyTrustee2002 - Present
New-York Historical SocietyTrustee1998 - Present
Professional organizations and associationsN/A1996 - Present
Commercial and Federal Litigation Section-NYSBAExecutive Committee1986 - Present
Hudson River Park TrustChairman2003 - 2007
Empire State Development CorporationVice Chairman1995 - 2007
Citizens Budget CommissionTrustee1993 - 1998
Publication nameTitleDate
Commercial Litigation in New York State CourtsMotions in Limine2005
New York Law JournalMareva Injunctions2000
Journal of Financial CrimeMisappropriation Theory in Securities Fraud1998
Pennsylvania Bar Association QuarterlyChange of Corporate Control1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1973
Dartmouth CollegeHistoryA.B.1970