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Jon A. Dorf, Esq.

Managing Partner & Co-Chair of the Real Estate Department

Over two decades ago, Jon A. Dorf began his law career as a solo practitioner and has since expanded his firm, which is now known as Dorf & Nelson LLP. His firm now includes multiple practice areas, which in turn, are staffed with a full complement of attorneys, paralegals, administrative and financial professionals and serves a variety of businesses, from burgeoning enterprises to major corporations.

The first priority at Dorf & Nelson LLP is serving its clients, not only by providing solid legal counsel but also by serving as a trusted advisor.  Personally accessible to his clients, Jon further ensures his firm handles each case with an unwavering dedication to excellence and professionalism while simultaneously striving for innovative solutions designed to target client-centric oriented results.

Jon’s personal areas of concentration include Corporate and Business Law, Real Estate Law and Intellectual Property Law; however, he consults with the firm’s professional staff and advises them regarding many of the firm’s other practice areas.

With years of service in the corporate arena, Jon skillfully advises his clients on complex transactions such as the sales and purchases of businesses, the negotiation of contracts and the implementation of internal agreements (i.e., shareholder agreements, operating agreements, and related governance agreements). He also advises businesses on a wide range of matters from promoting their growth via strategic planning to counseling them regarding litigation strategy as well as assisting with them maintaining corporate compliance.
Dorf & Nelson’s dynamic commercial real estate practice, with Jon serving as Co-Chair of the Department, handles large commercial purchases and sales, refinances and leases. Jon and his real estate team have closed many high profile, large scale commercial real estate transactions.
A diverse group of clients benefit from Jon’s experience in the intellectual property field with matters including the procurement and maintenance of trademarks and copyrights, the licensing of intellectual property, the litigation and defense of patent, trademark and copyright issues as well as his counsel regarding the business branding of his clients.


Board Member, Albany Law School Board of Trustees.
Board Member, former Executive Committee Member and former General Counsel of the Business Council of Westchester.
Board Member, Orienta Point Association (neighborhood organization).
Board Member, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation.
Former Vice President, Executive Committee and Board Member, Westchester County Bar Association.
Former Chair, Westchester County Bar Association, Law Office Management Special Committee.
Former Acting President, Orienta Point Association (neighborhood organization).
Former Chair, Law Practice Management Section, New York State Bar Association.
Former Town Prosecutor, Town of Mamaroneck.
Former Member, Village of Mamaroneck, Harbor Commission.


2012 Equal Access to Justice Award recipient, an honor extended by Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.
New York Metro Super Lawyers: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016.
Business Hall of Fame’s Small Business Success Award, sponsored by The Business Council of Westchester and received on behalf of the Firm, 2009.
Pace Setter Award, for excellence in professional and community work, sponsored in part by Pace Law School and the Westchester County Bar Association, 2008.
Family Friendly Employment Policy Award, presented by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and received on behalf of the Firm, 2008.


Speaker, “Origination Credit and Partner Compensation: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due”, Center for Competitive Management, C4CM Audio Conference (2016).
Presenter, “Real Property Law Update”, New York State Bar Association, Senior Lawyers Section Fall Meeting (2014).
Co-Panelist, “Partners’ Compensation”, New York State Bar Association, Law Practice Management Committee and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education (2014).
Orientation Presenter, Albany Law School (2014).
Presenter, “Hot Tips for Building Client Relations” CLE program, New York State Bar Association Marketing Conference (2014).
Co-Presenter, “See How Technology Makes the Business Side of Law Easier & More Effective” CLE program, Westchester County Bar Association (2013).
Co-Presenter, “Essential Residential Real Estate Law: Contract to Closing Without a Headache” CLE program, Pace Law School (2013).
Panelist, Westchester Grow Forum for Entrepreneurs, presented by the Westchester County Office of Economic Development and the Gateway to Entrepreneurship at Westchester Community College (2012).
Program Faculty, New York State Bar Association, “Strategies for Progressing Equity Partners” LPM CLE webcast (2012).
Co-Presenter, Westchester County Bar Association Real Property Section CLE, “Commercial Properties – The Nuts and Bolts of Buying, Selling and Leasing” (2012).
Presenter, Westchester County Bar Association CLE program entitled “10 Hot Management Tips for Driving the Bottom Line to Profitability and Creating Professional Satisfaction” (2012).
Co-Presenter for the Westchester County Bar Association webinar, “Tech Tips to Enhance Profitability and Competitiveness” (2011).
Co-Presenter, “BANKRUPTCY Defalcation and Rooker-Feldman Doctrine/Res Judicata” CLE program (2011).
Co-Presenter, “Commercial Purchasing, Leasing and Workouts” seminar, sponsored by Skyline Title, Inc. and promoted in part by the Westchester County Bar Association and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (2009).
Guest Speaker, Pace Law School’s New Directions Program (2008).
Presenter, Westchester Women’s Bar Association Real Estate Expo on the subject of commercial real estate transactions (2008).


A graduate of Connecticut College and Albany Law School of Union University, Jon is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, in the United States Supreme Court and in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.