History

The Story Of Our Success
History

From Law Office of Jon A. Dorf to Dorf Nelson and Zauderer LLP: A Three-Decade Journey of Growth and Excellence

The journey of a law firm aspiring to greatness is a testament to unwavering dedication, strategic brilliance, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. As each milestone is achieved, and every challenge overcome, the roots of success grow deeper, propelling the firm towards becoming a beacon of legal prowess, continuously reaching new heights in the pursuit of justice and client service.

1992

Jon A. Dorf establishes The Law Office of Jon A. Dorf.

On April 1, 1992, Jon A. Dorf founded The Law Office of Jon A. Dorf. He often recounts the story of unveiling his solo practice on April 1st, shortly after his law school graduation. The response from many, influenced by the unexpected timing, ranged from skepticism to viewing it as an elaborate April Fool’s Day prank.

Undeterred, Jon embarked on his legal journey with pride, initiating his practice in a modest law firm. At the outset, the firm operated without an established client base. Engaging in criminal defense work, Jon dedicated himself to the defense of individuals arraigned on criminal charges, with a primary focus on misdemeanor charges in New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Rye, and Port Chester, New York. Building a clientele took time, but Jon’s commitment and passion for the law laid the foundation for the growth and success of his practice.

1997

The firm relocates to a bigger office in the Town of Mamaroneck.

Within a few years, Jon diversified his client base by taking on a client involved in rapidly developing a real estate portfolio. Subsequently, the office underwent a strategic relocation to the Town of Mamaroneck, specifically at 740 East Boston Post Road. This marked a pivotal moment as the firm expanded its reach, hiring several associates and broadening its practice areas to include Intellectual Property.

As a result of this growth, the practice flourished at the new location, boasting a team that included multiple legal assistants, paralegals, and lawyers. The firm became an integral part of the community, solidifying its presence at 740 East Boston Post Road, now recognized as the Town Center, for over a decade. During this period, Jon’s commitment to community involvement was exemplified by his appointment as the Mamaroneck Town Prosecutor. In this role, he represented the Town of Mamaroneck, handling claims and actions related to issues affecting the Town Code. This multifaceted expansion underscored the firm’s commitment to both professional excellence and community engagement.

2st march 1987

The Rise of the World Law Industry

Jon diversifies the client base by representing a client developing a real estate portfolio. The office relocates to the Town of Mamaroneck at 740 East Boston Post Road, expanding to include Intellectual Property practice areas. The firm grows substantially, hiring multiple legal assistants, paralegals, and lawyers. Jon is appointed as the Mamaroneck Town Prosecutor during this period.

2006

The firm name changes to Dorf Law Firm, LLP.

On January 3, 2006, the firm changes its name to The Dorf Law Firm, LLP.

On January 3, 2006, the firm changes its name to The Dorf Law Firm, LLP.

2007

The firm changes its location to acquire ~15,000 sq. ft. at International Corporate Center in Rye, NY.

The firm changes its location to acquire ~15,000 sq. ft. at International Corporate Center in Rye, NY at 555 Theodore Fremd Ave, Rye, NY 10580.

28TH january 2003

Rated as the Leading Company in New York

The firm moves its office to the current national headquarters at The International Corporate Center, 555 Theodore Fremd Ave, Rye, NY 10580.

2009

Jonathan B. Nelson joins The Dorf Law Firm, LLP.

28TH january 2008

Receive Up to 20 Prestigious Awards

Jon had the pleasure and honor of being introduced to Linda Alster Nelson, who served as an associate at the firm. Through Linda, he had the privilege of getting to know her husband, Jonathan B. Nelson, Esq.

In a significant development, Jonathan officially became a partner at the firm on January 1, 2009. Before joining the firm, Jonathan had a notable background as a former prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York, bringing a wealth of legal expertise and experience to the team. His inclusion marked a pivotal moment in the firm’s growth and development, enhancing its capabilities with a seasoned professional as an integral part of its leadership.

2012

The firm name changes to Dorf & Nelson LLP.

Within a few years, Jon diversified his client base by taking on a client involved in rapidly developing a real estate portfolio. Subsequently, the office underwent a strategic relocation to the Town of Mamaroneck, specifically at 740 East Boston Post Road. This marked a pivotal moment as the firm expanded its reach, hiring several associates and broadening its practice areas to include Intellectual Property.

As a result of this growth, the practice flourished at the new location, boasting a team that included multiple legal assistants, paralegals, and lawyers. The firm became an integral part of the community, solidifying its presence at 740 East Boston Post Road, now recognized as the Town Center, for over a decade. During this period, Jon’s commitment to community involvement was exemplified by his appointment as the Mamaroneck Town Prosecutor. In this role, he represented the Town of Mamaroneck, handling claims and actions related to issues affecting the Town Code. This multifaceted expansion underscored the firm’s commitment to both professional excellence and community engagement.

Jonathan B. Nelson becomes a named partner and the firm name changes to Dorf & Nelson LLP

The firm changes its location to acquire ~15,000 sq. ft. at International Corporate Center in Rye, NY at 555 Theodore Fremd Ave, Rye, NY 10580.

28TH january 2003

Rated as the Leading Company in New York

The firm moves its office to the current national headquarters at The International Corporate Center, 555 Theodore Fremd Ave, Rye, NY 10580.

2016

The It List.

The firm is featured in 914 Inc. Magazine's "The It List."

The firm is featured in 914 Inc. Magazine’s “The It List.”

2019

The firm achieves Gender Fair® Certification.

The firm achieves Gender Fair® Certification.

2021

Honorable Anthony Scarpino joins the firm.

The firm achieves Gender Fair Certification.

Honorable Anthony Scarpino, the former Surrogate of Westchester County and former District Attorney of Westchester County, joins the firm as a partner focused on strategic planning and civil litigation.

2022

Best of Westchester Award.

The firm receives recognition in Westchester Magazine’s Best of Westchester award for “Best Law Firm” and wins 914 Inc Magazine’s Best of Business award for “Best Business Law.”

2023

Mark C. Zauderer, Honorable O. Peter Sherwood, and Daniel S. Jahnsen join the firm. The firm name changes to Dorf Nelson & Zauderer LLP

The firm achieves Gender Fair Certification.

The firm again expands with the addition of prominent trial and appellate attorney Mark C. Zauderer who joins the firm as a named partner. The firm name changes to Dorf Nelson & Zauderer LLP and the firm’s New York City office is established. Also joining the firm as Senior Counsel are Honorable O. Peter Sherwood, a former Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, former Solicitor General of New York State, and former Corporation Counsel for the City of New York and Daniel S. Jahnsen, a renowned New Jersey based civil litigator and his team. The firm establishes a New Jersey office.

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