Before taking the bench in 2013, U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey was a partner in the civil litigation firm of Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, which she joined immediately after receiving her J.D. from Pepperdine Law School in 1997. Although she litigated a wide variety of cases, including complex commercial litigation and class actions, she particularly enjoyed her appellate practice: briefing and arguing matters in the Nevada Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

While in private practice, Judge Dorsey was selected to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court’s Committee on Professionalism, was listed among the Top Women in Litigation and Nevada’s Legal Elite, and held Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating for competency and ethics.

A native Nevadan, Judge Dorsey earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from UNLV and now serves as a member of the UNLV Foundation’s Advisory Board. She is also a member of Pepperdine Law School’s Board of Visitors and was honored as her law school’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2016. Judge Dorsey teaches judicial writing for law clerks and externs as an adjunct professor at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.