Ferrucci Russo Dorsey


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John A. Dorsey

Email: jdorsey@frlawri.com

Admitted to the Bar:

Rhode Island, 2010
Massachusetts, 2010
US District Court for the District of Rhode Island, 2011

US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2013

US Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2015

John Dorsey was named a partner in the firm in 2016 and became a name-partner in 2020 when the firm changed its name to Ferrucci Russo Dorsey. He joined the firm in 2010. 

John routinely serves as a Court-appointed Receiver and Special Master in the Rhode Island Superior Court and various Municipal Courts around the State of Rhode Island. In 2019, John was named on the Rhode Island Superior Court Business Calendar committee regarding receivership proceedings.

He has successfully managed properties and businesses during the receivership process as well as marketed and negotiated the sales of real estate and assets for insolvent businesses. John has been successful in implementing business and insolvency strategies that have preserved many businesses and assets in the State of Rhode Island. He was part of the Ferrucci Russo team that restructured and operated The Westerly Hospital, which was recognized as the Turnaround Deal-of-the-Year by the Merger & Acquisition Advisor.


John has been instrumental in the firm’s project development efforts that span public and private undertakings and impact economic development in our region. He has worked with cities, towns and land owners to utilize specialized Court-supervised proceedings focused on collaboratively resurrecting distressed real estate development projects. He has designed abandoned properties receivership programs to address abandoned and public nuisance commercial and residential properties.

In the area of real estate, he has also successfully worked through complex environmental issues for redevelopment projects in the area, assisted project owners/developers in seeking grants and other incentives to address environmental remediation in real estate project development.  His most recent successes include $280,000 in grants for distressed real estate projects in East Providence and West Warwick.


He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.S. Management, 2007) and Roger Williams School of Law (J.D., 2010). John has been named a "Rising Star" in the area of real estate law for 2015 - 2018 by Super Lawyers. 


Member, Roger Williams School of Law - Alumni Association Board of Directors (2018) 
Member, RI Black Business Association 
Member, Thurgood Marshall Law Society

Member, Board of Directors, Quonset Development Corporation (2015-2016)