John A. Dorsey


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 January of 2016. He joined the firm in 2010. 

John serves as a court-appointed receiver and special master in the Rhode Island Superior Court and 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 sales of real estate and assets for insolvent businesses. 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 been part of the team working with cities, towns and land owners to utilize specialized Court-supervised proceedings focused on collaboratively resurrecting distressed real estate development projects. He designed an abandoned properties receivership program to address abandoned and public nuisance residential properties in municipal housing courts.

In the area of real estate, he has also successfully worked through 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 success includes $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 was named a "Rising Star" in the area of real estate law in 2015 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)