Nicholas J. Dorsten, Esq.

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What Makes Me Uniquely Qualified To Help You

A proud member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 trial attorneys and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top one percent of lawyers, Nicholas Dorsten was born and raised in Ohio. He obtained his B.A. degree from Kent State University, majoring in History and even played a little football for the Kent State “Golden Flashes”. While at Kent, he was lucky enough to be part of an academic fraternity and receive the Kent State athletic/academic award banquet membership.

After college, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a lawyer. He enrolled in law school at the University Of Toledo School Of Law, where he received a full scholarship. At this school, he participated in a local law review and several moot court presentations.

During law school, Nicholas Dorsten utilized his summers gaining criminal law experience with the hope of becoming a prosecutor upon graduation. After the first year of law school, he was privileged to clerk for a local leading judge. After his second year of law school, he became a certified legal intern in Toledo, trying and resolving criminal cases. The experience gained in these positions allowed him to be chosen, and sworn in, as an Assistant State Attorney in the State of Florida.

Over the next five years, he quickly rose through the ranks at the Pinellas and Pasco State Attorney’s Office. This progression allowed Nicholas to prosecute a wide variety of criminal cases. As an Assistant State Attorney, he held positions such as a Lead Trial Attorney, a Felony Domestic Violence attorney and a Child Abuse/Sex Crimes attorney.

During his five years there, Nicholas Dorsten prosecuted and obtained convictions in numerous high-profile cases in the Tampa Bay area including multiple charges of Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Sexual Battery, Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Trafficking in Illegal Drugs, DUI Manslaughter and a variety of other property, alcohol, and narcotics-related offenses.

After five years of public service at the State Attorney’s Office, he elected to work with a leading Personal Injury Attorney in the Tampa area. He attended numerous personal injury seminars and workshops where he honed his trial skills. During his time at that office, Nicholas traveled throughout the state of Florida, trying numerous personal injury and car accident cases. During his time at the firm he won or settled millions of dollars’ for his numerous injury clients.

After that, it was time to utilize his vast array of training and experience to help protect the rights of everyday citizens that have been accused of wrongdoing. These rights, that he swore to uphold and abide by as an Assistant State Attorney, are the bedrock of our criminal justice system. They are the foundation upon which our system rests. Without an experienced criminal and personal injury trial attorney to protect your rights, the system will be stacked against you. Blake & Dorsten knows that from the inside out. Nicholas has since defended numerous high-profile cases throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough. He has been featured in The Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9, and local NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates.


  • J.D., University of Toledo School of Law
    Graduated Cum Laude
  • B.A., Kent State University

Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice:

  • Florida (2002)
  • District of Columbia (2003)
  • Middle District Court of Florida (2008)
"Nick was extremely knowledgeable in handling of my case. He was patient and answered all my questions regarding the charge. He walked me through every step of the way. He went above and beyond the call of duty which I am very thankful for since this was extremely upsetting to our family. Because of his knowledge the case was dismissed."


“I had some issues with my teenage son that caught me completely off guard. I felt like he needed to be represented by an attorney I could trust and who would treat us like every day people and not like a case number. After interviewing a couple other attorneys and feeling like I had just met with used car salesmen a friend of mine recommended Mr. Dorsten. My son and I met with him and I immediately was relieved. He handled my case in a most professional and timely manner. He was informative and gave us options instead of telling me what I should do. He called to check with me randomly to make sure I did not need anything and expressed genuine concern that I was properly satisfied and had no additional needs or questions. I would suggest Mr. Dorsten to anybody who needs a qualified, smart and honest attorney.”


“I had an out of town warrant in Pinellas County for a VOP. Mr. Dorsten answered all of my questions and did exactly what he said he would do. He always either answered the phone right away or called me back that day. “ His pricing was very fair and I would highly recommend Mr. Dorsten to anyone.

A Criminal Defense client


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“I highly endorse Mr. Dorsten. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help.”

Mark Clay Immigration Attorney

“I endorse this lawyer.”

Thomas Merrigan Personal Injury Attorney

“I have been privileged to have observed Mr. Dorsten and observe the quality of his contributions to those of us who have a passion for criminal defense. He has a strong work ethic and puts the client’s needs above anything else. A great attorney all around who has secured great results for his clients.”

Richard Llerena Car Accidents Attorney


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