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William James Dorsey

Divorce and separation Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

5.0   34 reviews
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1973
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Jacksonville Divorce Attorney has practiced Family Law for over 35 years. Trust The Dorsey Law Firm with your Family Law case.

    48 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney has practiced Criminal Defense Law for over 35 years. Trust The Dorsey Law Firm with your Criminal Defense case.

    50 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Car accident

  4. DUI and DWI

  5. Family

  6. Alimony

  7. Child abuse

  8. Child custody

  9. Marriage and prenuptials

  10. Personal injury
    Jacksonville Personal Injury Attorney has practiced Personal Injury Law for over 35 years. Trust The Dorsey Law Firm with your personal injury case.

    45 years, 100 cases

  11. Uncontested divorce


William J. Dorsey founded the Dorsey Law Firm in 1975. Mr. Dorsey attended Lee High School in Jacksonville and continued his education at the University of Florida where he played football and was the captain of the 1968 Florida Gators.




Mr. Dorsey holds a B.S.B.A degree in Business Management and Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Law School. After being admitted to the Florida Bar, Mr. Dorsey was an Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville from 1973-1975.




Mr. Dorsey has tried numerous jury trials through out Florida in both state and federal courts. He has relied on his background in sports and teamwork to develop a competitive expertise as a trial attorney.




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The Dorsey Law Firm
211 North Liberty Street
Suite 2
Jacksonville, FL, 32202-2800


5.0 / 5.0
  34 customer reviews
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Posted by Erica | November 25, 2013
NO other Attorney compares
BLUF: I am a female Service mber. I have 2 kids by different men. After I relocated to VA in2010 and the fathers both relocated (neither parties requested to relocate through court) to each of their desired current residences. I deployed on 2 back to back deployments, finally returning in Nov 2012. Each father retained the same attorney here in Jax. I retained one for my oldest child and lost custody and Mr Dorsey for my youngest child, requesting child-support arrearages (for 3 years) and permission to relocate. Mr Dorsey's and his paralegals kept me informed on Everything! If I called and had a question he personally called back or emailed me within 1 day. He made me feel like my opinions mattered at mediation and help me obtain what I thought was right. Mr Dorsey is upfront and honest. He told me he wanted us to come to an agreement ate dilation so we didn't have to go to trial because it would cost ME money to fly from VA to JAX and ME money to pay his attny fees during trial, plus court cost,etc. the attorney for my oldest child almost seemed like I was strung along during the whole process. After mediation with Mr Dorsey and I paid my bill in full, I received a very nice Thank You letter from Mr Dorsey personally. When I paid my bill in full after losing custody of my oldest I received a receipt I'm the mail. I would also like to note that the attorney I obtained for my oldest child was expensive and I utilized him since 2007 from previous cases. He didn't even have the decency to call me and tell me the judges ruling when I lost custody. My ex husband called me to inform me (because his attorney had called him). I would recommend him to anyone. I googled the FLORIDA BAR ASSOCIATION to find an attorney and that's how I found Mr Dorsey. I am so pleased with the way he handled everything in my case and if I ever needed an attorney again I would absolutely retain him again.
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Posted by Robert | April 3, 2014
Bill Dorsey, Esq. , a winner!
I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Bill Dorsey to anyone who needs a lawyer. With over 40 years of experience, Bill Dorsey is a winner. Watching Bill represent me in the courtroom was a true pleasure. He had complete command of the courtroom, controlling all facets of my hearing. As my case preceded all I could think of was "thank God Bill Dorsey was representing me." All the staff in his office were friendly and helpful and I felt like I was given first class attention. When you need an attorney, you need Bill Dorsey. Sincerely, Robert
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Posted by Heather | July 26, 2023
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Fixed the huge mess other lawyers left me in!
Mr Dorsey and his team helped dig me out of the messy trench my last 2 lawyers had left me in. I can’t begin to explain how bad my first few lawyers had screwed up my case and made me look bad against an abusive drug addict narcissist who could charm the pant suit off Hilary Clinton. Mr Dorsey took on my case and for the first time I actually felt like I could trust my lawyer. Unlike my last attorney who charged me an insane amount of money to screw me over, Mr Dorsey gave me a free consultation and always charged me honestly and fairly. He gave me his personal cell number for emergencies and him and his team were always very responsive to my calls and emails. He fought tooth and nail against one of the most dishonest and corrupt opposing councils I have ever seen! He is well known and honored around Jacksonville and St Augustine by many other esteemed lawyers and judges. If you are in need of a good, honest attorney who will fight for you as if you were his own family, you need to hire Bill Dorsey and his team. He is tough and does not give up. Believe me, I probably had the largest case file he had ever taken on in a civil case and he took the time to go over all of it so he didn’t miss a thing. He is stern but honest so listen to his advice because he knows what he is talking about. I can only say that about 1 other lawyer and I have met way more than I ever wanted to. If you are like me and can’t trust your lawyer and have been paying someone and trusting them with your life but all they seem to do is ignore you and take your money: HIRE BILL DORSEY and he will help you get your life (your child/children) back!
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Posted by Luckshan | May 12, 2022
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The BEST attorney in Florida .. This review is long overdue.
No one really wants to go through any family/custody battles. So when I was faced with this issues I had no choice but to retain an attorney. After numerous hours/days of research I found the Dorsey Law Firm. I came to Mr. Dorsey with a lot of uncertainty with my impending custody case. During my consultation Mr. Dorsey was fully tuned in and very attentive. He answered every question I had very confidently. After I retained Mr. Dorsey, his team and himself started working on the case promptly. They filed an emergency motion and was able to get a hearing for temporary custody within a few weeks. I was granted temporary custody until the outcome of the final hearing. In Preparation for the final hearing Mr. Dorsey and the team were with me every step of the way. They reassured me of the potential outcome, instilled confidence in myself and the direction of the case. During the final hearing Mr. Dorsey was very thorough, firm, and fully prepared. His cross examination skills, rebuttals, presentation, and delivery was superb. As a result, I was grant 75% percent of time sharing. I have never felt better and once again I was stress free. Mr. Dorsey is Very professional and has many years of experience with a great rapport with the judges, prosecutors and other attorneys. He’s very firm, straightforward, and passionate about his work and clients. He is well known and well respected amongst his peers. His resume speaks for itself. A big shout out to The Dorsey team. Susan and Heather. They are very hard working, detail oriented, & very professional. They truly care about people. Stop shopping for attorneys based on price. Mr. Dorsey is the Best Bang for The Buck. He is my guy!!!!!!
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Posted by Patricia Pappan | October 18, 2020
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Review of the Dorsey Firm
Perhaps the thing that impressed me most about Bill Dorsey was nothing was "sugar coated". During my Divorce, he was very straight forward and told me what to expect each step of the way. Bill and team Dorsey kept me informed of what my options and risks were. There were no empty promises made, only trustworthy knowledge provided. His guidance never led me astray, and I was extremely happy with the end result. My divorce covered complex matters that Bill and team tackled head on. During such a difficult time in my life, it was a pleasure working with the Dorsey Firm.
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Posted by Wilma | May 18, 2020
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William Dorsey
We hired Mr. Dorsey to represent us in getting temporay custudy of our grandchild. He and his staff were always available to us and walked us through every phase of the process. He made it easy and less nerve wracking than it would have been otherwise. We would definitely recommend Mr. Dorsey and his wonderful staff to help you with your family law issues.
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Posted by Suzanne | June 18, 2019
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Miracle Worker!
Mr. Dorsey is a miracle worker! I was involved in a very contentious divorce. I had hired an expensive well known firm in town, I made a very costly mistake in doing that. That firm failed me. I was distraught over my case, I began to search for new representation. I read these online reviews about Mr. Dorsey. Literally every review about him was 5 Star, I know why now. Mr. Dorsey saved me, he took the mess the previous attorney made of my case and turned it around to my favor. I could not believe how Mr. Dorsey took on my ex husband in the deposition and grilled him over his financial misdeeds. Mr. Dorsey was masterful at finding hidden assets. I can’t begin to thank Mr. Dorsey for the outcome of my case. I will now be financially sound because of him. He protected me, kept me informed of my case, returned phone calls, set realistic goals to achieve and was aggressive in representing me.
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Posted by Vanessa | April 24, 2019
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The Absolute Best
Mr. Dorsey and his team are the absolute best. We came to him with the odds stacked against us. He turned it all around and we are forever grateful! He's a great lawyer with a great heart who is super knowledgeable and excellent at what he does. He is worth every penny and more! The Bryant Family
Posted by Taylor | April 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in Jacksonville
Mr. Dorsey went above and beyond for my case and family. He ensured that I understood each part of the process and received what we needed. I highly recommend his services to anyone who is looking for an amazing lawyer.
Posted by Nichole | April 5, 2019
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Saved my sanity
Mr. Dorsey and Sue were there for me during the worst time of my life. They never stopped fighting for me, always got back to me no matter the day or time, and always had my best interest at heart. I don’t know where I would be without them. They were the best decision for my messy divorce. They care. And you can’t ask for more than that. Thank you Sue, and thank you Bill.
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Posted by Kandiss | March 18, 2019
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The BEST of the BEST
Mr. Dorsey was my attorney in a rather long, drawn out family law case. During such time, he along with his staff exceeded my expectations, kept me informed at all times and fought for his client like a great attorney should. Without a doubt, Mr. Dorsey has me as a lifelong client.
Posted by Anna | September 21, 2018
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5 stars is not enough
Mr. Dorsey was able to turn a Child paternity/ Time Share case from ugly to resolved peacefully in an astonishing time frame. I can attest that His reputation as an experienced and fierce litigator precedes him, his name alone as your attorney of record commands caution and due respect from the opposing counsel. My case had failed mediation, had a disasterous temporary needs hearing, and was headed towards social investigation and trial when I hired Mr. Dorsey. I walked into his office stressed, fearful and sleep deprived. Bill walked through my case with me; his legal experience and knowledge of the family court system were so evident that i immidiately knew i had found the right person to represent my family. His ability to have a presence that is equally commanding while instilling confidence in me led me to hire him on the spot. I walked out of his office a brand new person. Within 48 hours of his name going on my case we recieved a settlement proposal that was beyond expectation. Never once have I felt Bill was unduly prolonging my case to maximize billable hours or being unreasonable with fees. From the start I felt my best interest was the focus and goal. He was honest, straight forward about his fees, potential cost and process for trial etc. Additionally, words cannot express my gratitude for his paralegal Susan. She communicated all changes and progress nearly in real time. More importantly she was a source of understanding and kindness when it was most needed without ever being asked for such a benefit. Without reservation, I give my highest recommendation to the Dorsey Law Firm. I would not ever hesitate to retain Bill for any of my legal needs
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2018
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Getting custody of my granddaughter she's
We came to Mr. Dorsey with a very tough case. After working with him, Lindsey and Susan and almost 3years.I and my son are so grateful for all they have done for us. Always Cheryl and Daniel.
Posted by Stacy T | July 19, 2018
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Best Divorce Attorney
Mr. Dorsey is the absolute best divorce attorney. I had a messy divorce with an ex who tried to play games and use settlement discussions as an agreement. It truly wasn’t an agreement and thanks to Mr. Dorsey, he proved it wasn’t an agreement. My ex played many games but with the help of Mr Fordey, he didn’t win the game! The whole process was a mess but I came ahead in many ways thanks to Mr Dorsey and his girls. After mediation was a fight with my ex, and Mr Dorsey continued to do what was best for me and my daughter, he won’t give up on his client. Mr. Dorsey is an honest attorney who doesn’t promise you the world, like many. He knows the laws and tells you how it is!! He will listen and fight for what he believes is in the best interest of his client. He will work many hours, provide case law which proves what he/his client are fighting for.. I live miles away from my family and I felt like he acted like any father would for their daughter, I’m sure he would treat a man the same. His staff is also wonderful, they are on the ball!! I left their office today with hugs. They are like family!
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Posted by Brandy | October 5, 2017
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Trust this Attorney with your Life!!!!
I was involved in a domestic violence situation with my very young children. Mr. Dorsey was able to protect both my children and myself from an abusive situation. He and his team are a wonderful group of people to have fighting for you nonstop . They truly care about you as a person and not just as another client to pay the bills. The Dorsey Firm treats you like family and they actually mean it; they prove it through action. There were a lot of difficult challenges in my case and Mr. Dorsey was able to overcome them and get my children back due to not only his 40+ years of experience but also his by his strong willed attitude of absolutely never giving up. I am extremely thankful to have had him as my attorney in the most unexpected and difficult time of my life; domestic violence against both myself and my children and a divorce. He and his team will lead you in the right direction and make sure that you and your family are okay. They are a loving, caring, and truly devoted team of people. I would highly recommend them to any and everyone! I cannot express my thanks and gratitude enough to Bill Dorsey and The Dorsey Firm for putting my life back on track. I will forever be grateful to you and your team!
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Posted by Kim | July 18, 2017
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The best and most experienced in the business
Mr. Dorsey took a mess another attorney made and fixed it. He handled my case with such professionalism. A seasoned attorney, he guided me with such wisdom and kindness, yet the knowledge that a loving father and a man of many years experience could handle. He took the time to explain in great detail every step of the legal process from beginning to end and stayed with me every step of the way. He returned every call and talked to me about every question I had no matter how menial it seemed. His advice was invaluable, and with his negotiation skills and wisdom at the helm, I felt like it all came to a fair and peaceful conclusion, even though this is one of the hardest things you'll ever go through in your life. With Bill Dorsey on your side you need not worry. He takes care of your fight with a kind heart but strong head. I truly felt like he had my best interest at heart and looked after my children and I. Thank you Mr. Dorsey!
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Posted by Tim | July 11, 2017
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criminal defense , divorce
Bill represented me on (2) separate occasions. Each time , my former wife falsely accused me of domestic violence, had me arrested, obtained an injunction for protection against domestic violence , and filed for divorce , keeping me from having any contact with my (3) three children . Bill fought for my rights and and both times, successfully had the criminal charges dismissed, the injunctions for protection against domestic violence dismissed, and finally, settled the divorce case, giving me liberal and frequent time with my children . Today, I have timesharing with my children at least equal if not more than my former wife. I could not have been better represented during one of some of the worst times of my life. It meant, more than anything, to have a fighter like Bill on my side. We have become good friends and I refer to clients and friends to Bill for representation. Bill has my highest regard as a attorney and a friend. ~Tim
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Posted by Angie | June 25, 2017
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Great job and very knowledgable
Mr. Dorsey, took my case to help me protect my teen daughter from having to spend the night with her dad. Mr. Dorsey not only helped me get some child support owed, he also ensured my daughter's voice was heard. Mr. Dorsey knows the court system, he knows the laws and finds cases to make his point. It was well worth the money spent !
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Posted by SH | August 9, 2016
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Mr. Dorsey did an excellent job on my divorce case. I was afraid because of all the horror stories about other divorce lawyers. 1st the fees quoted never changed. He accompanied me to all my court hearings. We always discussed the case in person in his office. He kept all the appointments. He is very knowledgeable about Florida divorce and child custody laws. I did not lose my house or retirement and received more than was expected for child support. If you need a great attorney please call bill.
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Posted by Olga | May 16, 2016
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Excellent attorney
I highly recommend Bill Dorsey he and his staff are absolutely amazing . Very hard working, professional and kind I am very grateful for all they have done for me during my divorce . Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner/President
  • William J Dorsey, PA
  • 1977 - Present
  • Partner
  • Dorsey, Arnold and Nichols Law Firm
  • 1976 - 1977
  • Associate
  • Jacobs, Sinoff, Edwards, Alford and Burgess Law Firm
  • 1975 - 1976
  • Assistant State Attorney - Division Chief
  • State Attorney's Office, 4th Judicial Circuit
  • 1973 - 1975
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1970


  • Florida Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Member
  • 1988 - 1994
  • United States Tax Court
  • Member
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Jacksonville Sports And Entertainment Commission
  • Chairman/Member
  • 1985 - 1988
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
  • Member
  • 1978 - 1988
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Florida Blue Key Honorary Fraternity
  • University of Florida
  • 1969


  • Jacksonville Lawyer Magazine
  • Gator Silver 60's
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked on a highly contentious case with Mr. Dorsey and he remained professional during my appearance. He was also very knowledgeable in the area of family law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Bill as a paralegal, before I went to law school, back in the mid 80s. He was likely my inspiration for becoming a lawyer. I always thought that he was an excellent lawyer, hardworking and dedicated. I endorse him without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know this attorney and I have worked with him for several years. He is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney and he works diligently for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.I have known and respected Bill for over 30 years. He is a tough but honest and ethical opponent and vigorous advocate for his clients. He doesn't mind getting into the trenches and fighting it out like the former football player he is. He is well thought of by his clients, judges and opponents alike."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, and can highly recommend Bill without any hesitation. Bill is my "go to" guy for anything involving antenuptial agreements, as well as marital dissolution, child custody and related matters. I have referred countless clients to Bill, all of whom give him the highest accolades."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Jacksonville Divorce and separation Lawyer William James Dorsey
William James Dorsey
Divorce and separation Attorney
Jacksonville, FL
Licensed for 50 years