Meet Martha J. Dorsey

Martha J. Dorsey


Martha is a partner of Koeller Nebeker Carlson Haluck, having joined the firm directly after law school.  She focuses her litigation practice in the representation of developers and general contractors in construction defect litigation. She has handled jury and bench trials in personal injury, breach of contract, and construction defect matters.  Moreover, Martha assists with managing partner responsibilities for the San Diego office of KNCH.

In her practice, Martha strives to treat all involved fairly and with mutual respect – clients, judges and court staff, attorneys and staff in her office, and even opposing counsel.  Her goal is to be responsive, accurate and timely to meet her clients’ legal needs.

Martha earned her B.A. degree in Cellular Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She went on to earn her law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she participated as a Casenote Editor on the Entertainment Law Journal.   She has been licensed in the State of California since 1992 and in Nevada since 2002.  Martha has also served on the Board of the San Diego Defense Lawyers as president and treasurer.

A native Californian, Martha was born and raised in Orange County, the youngest of seven children.  Being from a large family, she learned to pitch in and be respectful and have a good time. Outside of the office, Martha enjoys foreign and domestic travel with her husband and family; walking, cycling and skiing.  When at home, she enjoys; puzzles, gardening, and baking and keeping current on politics and climate change issues.

  • Construction Claims & Litigation

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers – Officer, President, 2006; Officer, Treasurer, 2005; Board Member, 2004
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel

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  • University of California, Santa Barbara, 1985 – B.A. Cellular Biology
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1992 – J.D.
States Licensed to Practice
  • State Bar of California, 1992
  • State Bar of Nevada, 2002