rwgSteven L. Dorsey
Steven L. DorseyShareholderLos Angeles







Steven L. Dorsey is a shareholder in the Public Law Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon. Since joining the Firm in 1973, Mr. Dorsey has specialized in public agency law. He currently is City Attorney for the City of San Marino. He also serves as counsel for several joint powers authorities.

Mr. Dorsey is very active in the League of California Cities and has served as a member of the League's Board of Directors. He also has been President of the City Attorneys' Department, chair of the Department's Legal Advocacy Committee, a member of the Department's Legislative Committee and chair of the City Attorneys' Department Fair Political Practices Commission committee.

Mr. Dorsey was a member of the editorial board that wrote the first edition of the League's Municipal Law Handbook, and personally edited the chapters on Public Property, Public Works and Public Utilities.

Mr. Dorsey was also a member of the City Attorneys' Department committee that authored Practicing Ethics: A Handbook for Municipal Lawyers and chaired the committee that updated this publication in 2014. Previously, he chaired the committee that drafted the Ethical Principles for City Attorneys.

Mr. Dorsey's practice emphasizes representation of public agencies on conflict of interests and ethics issues. Mr. Dorsey has lectured on these topics on many occasions, including providing a series of presentations with members of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Public Integrity Division.


A.B., Stanford University, 1970
J.D., Stanford University, 1973

Practice Areas

Brown Act, Conflicts of Interest and Ethics
E-Documents and Public Records
Public Agency and Municipal Law
Public Works, Construction and Contracting