C. Robert Dorsett Jr. – Austin, Texas

Managing Equity Partner
3503 Wild Cherry Drive
Building 6
Austin, Texas 78738
Phone: (512) 600-4365
Mobile: (512) 652-8854
Fax: (512) 266-3655
email: bdorsett@dorsettjohnson.com

Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation • Premise Liability • Food Liability • Dramshop • Business Litigation • Commercial Litigation • Construction Law • Homeowner Association Liability • Hospitality Liability • Insurance Defense Litigation • Product Liability • Real Estate Litigation

Legal Experience

As a representative in the insurance industry for ten years prior to the practice of law, Mr. Dorsett has extensive knowledge of the needs and expectations in the arena of insurers, risk managers and real estate litigants. His practice history includes national representation of companies in the manufacturing, printing and hospitality industries, regional representation of companies in the insurance, hospitality, chemical and food industries, and local representation of companies in the food, construction and real estate industries, as well as other commercial entities and individuals.

Mr. Dorsett combines his insurance, food liability, hospitality, real estate, and toxic tort background with litigation management practices that equate to a trustworthy practice in handling loss volume that save costs for his clients. As a previous litigation representative and claims manager, Mr. Dorsett has understanding of the insurer and risk managers’ need to keep costs to a minimum while providing a competent and efficient defense.

As an attorney responsible for managing risk on a national, regional and state level, Mr. Dorsett utilizes resources from the Dorsett Johnson LLP national network that facilitates saving clients’ legal expenses while providing a centralized defense. The centralized defense method allows for cost savings in medical reviews, discovery, deposition scheduling and docketing. Furthermore, Dorsett Johnson’s program of having “a single point of contact” affords the client with accountability that is unequalled.

As a first chair attorney and a trial team member, Mr. Dorsett has experience in taking cases to trial before jury, arguing pre-trial motions, motions for directed verdict, jury charges, motions in limine, motions for summary judgment and arguing disputed discovery issues.

Education

Doctor of Jurisprudence, Texas Wesleyan University, 2000
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Southwest Texas State, 1990

Professional Licenses

Attorney at Law, Texas, 2001
Type II Insurance agent 1995-current
Insurance Fire and Inland Marine Adjuster 1995-2001
Insurance Property and Casualty Adjuster 1994-2001
Insurance Property Damage Appraiser- 1992-2001

Admission to Courts

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Prior Professional Experience

Equity Partner- Dorsett Johnson LLP, 2008-Present
Partner- Savrick Schuman, L.L.P., 2006-2008
Brown McCarroll, L.L.P., 2002-2006
The Law Offices of R. Michael Beene, P.L.L.C., 2001-2002
Progressive Insurance, Litigation Representative, 2000-2001
Progressive Insurance, Claims Manager, 1999-2000
Progressive Insurance, Property and Casualty Claims Trainer, 1997-1999
Progressive Insurance, Senior Claims Adjuster, 1994-1997
Progressive Insurance, Claims Representative, 1993-1994
Progressive Insurance, Subrogation Representative, 1992-1993
Texas Army National Guard, Enlisted, 1994-1996
Dorsett Law Offices, Law Clerk, 1989-1992
U.S. Naval Reserves, Enlisted Signalman, 1988-1994

Professional Memberships and Activities

Risk and Insurance Managers Society, Director on the Board of Directors for the Central Texas Chapter
American Trial Lawyers Association
Community Association Institute
Austin Bar Association

Speeches and Publications

Dorsett, Bob. “GMA Litigation Conference: ‘Come and Take It’”, February 23-25, 2010 (9MB)
“Litigation Concepts for Homeowner and Condominium Owner Associations: Practical Considerations”, April 11, 2007
Dorsett, Bob and Leahy, Kevin. “When Food Goes Bad: Preventing and Handling Food Scares.” Sysco Today Winter 2007: 62-63.
Food Products & Consumer Laws – What You Need to Know to be Protected in Texas, Food Products
Association Annual Consumer Complaint Conference, May 2006, Speech
Technology and Immediate Response in Managing Litigation, Battleground States in Risk Management, September 2005, Speech
Trial Advocacy, Honors Debate Class Lake Travis High School, Spring 2005, 2009
Insurance and Indemnity: Grocery Manufacturer’s Association. 2008 Consumer Complaint Conference; Dallas, Texas.
Deceptive Trade Practices and Food Products: Texas; 2008, 2009. Sedgwick Claims; Gallagher Basset Claims [Dallas-St. Petersburg]; Traveler’s Food Products Division; Brinker Restaurant Group; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Unilever Foods.

Community Involvement

2016 Lake Travis Independent School District Board of Trustees
Kinko’s Classic Golf Tournament Sponsor
Lake Travis Educational Foundation Donor
Lake Travis Youth Foundation Coach
Lake Travis High School: Trial Advocacy Instructor
Falconhead Neighborhood Steering Committee, President
2009 Bee Cave, Texas City Council
Kappa Sigma Fraternity