22835 Washington St, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Philip H. Dorsey

Phillip H. Dorsey III, esquirePhilip H. Dorsey’s family has been a part of Southern Maryland for generations. Phil was born and raised in St. Mary’s County, attending Ryken High School before graduating to Boston College to study political science in 1974. After graduating Boston College with honors, Phil attended the George Mason University School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1982.

While in law school, Phil clerked with the law firm of Stiller, Rhykus, and Smith, P.C. for 3 years, representing clients such as the Fraternal Order of Police, and assisting in Criminal defenses. Phil practiced with them for six months before returning to St. Mary’s County.

in 1983 Phil established the Dorsey Law Firm in Leonardtown, and has since handled over 100 jury trials and thousands of cases.

Practice areas have included:

  • Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning Matters
  • Personal Injury (Plaintiff)
  • Workers’ Compensation (Claimant)
  • Criminal Law, Traffic, and M.V.A. (District Court)
  • Social Security Disability
  • Corporate Law
  • General Counsel for the Water/ Sewer Authority for St. Mary’s County, Maryland (METCOMM)
  • General Counsel to The Town of Leonardtown, Maryland

The firm has represented or is currently representing the following entities; including, but not limited to:

  • Maryland Natural Gas and Washington Gas & Light
  • St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission
  • Western Shore Cable Television
  • Town of Leonardtown/Commissioners of Leonardtown
  • Suburban Maryland Builders Association
  • First National Bank of St. Mary’s
  • Atlantic Coastal Trucking
  •  The Broyhill Foundation
  • Burch Oil Company
  • Chase Manhattan Mortgage Company
  • The Evans Company
  • Great Mills Trading Post
  • Maryland Bank & Trust
  • Millison Development Company
  • Poon Investment Company
  • St. Mary’s County Waterman’s Association
  • Select Homes

Phil also is also a real estate developer in Southern Maryland, having established Dorsey Development and Bennett Homes in 1986. These companies have developed, built or entitled nearly two dozen commercial and residential projects in Southern Maryland to date.  Experience in planning and governmental regulations.

In addition, Phil owns Dorsey Management, which holds 10 Checkers restaurant franchises in Maryland and Virginia.

Phil’s professional activities include:

  • Member of St. Clements Hundred Board of Directors; 2007 to Present
  • Member of St. Mary’s County Agricultural, Seafood & Forestry Board; 2012 to Present
  • Peer Review Committee, Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland;  June 2012 to Present
  • Member of St. Mary’s County Economic Development Commission; 2014 to Present
  • Member of St. Mary’s County Rural Preservation Task Force, 2008 to 2012
  • Appointed to the transition team for Maryland Attorney General Elect Douglas B. Gansler in St. Mary’s County,Maryland, November 2006
  • Member of the Governmental Affairs Committee, 2002 to 2014
  • St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, 2000 to Present
  • Sub-Committee Chair, Suburban Maryland Builders Association, Unified Land Development Code, 2000-2002
  • Distinction as a Founder of the Maryland Association for Justice (Eagle), 1995 to Present
  • Member of the Maryland Association for Justice Legislative Policy Committee, Current
  • Member of the Maryland Association for Justice Bike Helmet Committee, Current