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David R. Dorey


Direct Line: (443) 569-5744

I help our clients navigate the complexities of the employment relationship and prepare them for the future of work.

Dave Dorey is a Partner with Liff, Walsh & Simmons serving as Director of the Labor & Employment practice group, and member of the Litigation practice group. Dave has more than a dozen years of experience in complex labor and employment and litigation matters. He is a trusted counselor who has served in high-profile Senior Counsel and Chief of Staff positions in the federal government, including as Counsel to the Solicitor of the United States Department of Labor. He also has significant experience representing both employers and employees in labor and employment counseling and litigation. 


Beginning his career at a prestigious international law firm in Washington, D.C., Dave’s multi-faceted practice has spanned representations in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and before federal agenciesshowcasing his versatile approach to solving problems wherever they arise. Dave also has notable experience in federal class action litigation and administrative law. 


A distinguished alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Dave earned his Juris Doctor cum laude and was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 


Dave is a member of the bars of many federal courts including the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia and Fourth Circuits, and the District Courts for the District of Columbia and District of Maryland. He is a member of the bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and California. Dave resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Molly, and is an active member of the community.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Child Justice, Inc., a Maryland non-profit that helps abused children.


  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • Administrative Procedure Act
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Civil Service Reform Act
  • State wage payment and protection laws


  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A., summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • California


  • Cole-Davidson American Inn of Court – Appellate
  • Regulatory Transparency Project – Labor & Employment
  • Child Justice, Inc. – Member – Board of Directors


  • Heroes of Child Justice Award – 2017

Areas of Practice

Commercial and Civil Litigation

Employment Law