About Us

About Us

Dorman Bell is a business and technology focused law firm based in Dallas, Texas providing nationwide counsel on patent, trademark, and copyright litigation, licensing, and prosecution as well as general commercial litigation concerns. Dorman Bell is one of the only law firms in the nation with a dedicated section to defend organizations against software license audits from software publishers and their trade organizations, such as the Business Software Alliance and Software and Information Industry Association.

Our Partners

Corby D. Bell

Corby Bell concentrates his practice in the areas of intellectual property law and software licensing audits. He is a registered patent attorney and has testified at trial as a trademark expert. He has extensive experience counseling companies in identifying and protecting their intellectual property portfolio. His experience also includes assisting both technology and legal professionals in the management of software license disputes and negotiating settlements for his clients. With his technical background and breadth of experience within the legal arena, he is an ideal representative for his clients.


B.S. Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1995
J.D. Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 2002

Mandy Dorman

Mandy Dorman focuses her legal practice on issues relating to intellectual property, commercial litigation, and software compliance. With her communications background, she understands the importance of an open dialogue with all parties in order to reach a speedy resolution to legal disputes. This candid approach allows her to effectively counsel her clients while reducing the risk of litigation, saving her clients both time and money.

B.A. Journalism/Minor in Speech Communication, Texas A&M University, 2002
J.D. Texas A&M University School of Law formerly known as Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 2012

Our Philosophy

At Dorman Bell, we succeed when our clients succeed.  From time to time, businesses are forced to make critical decisions that may have a significant impact on their bottom line, or in some cases their very survival.  The partners at Dorman Bell understand your need to have the best information available when making those decisions.  We formed this firm to focus on building relationships with our clients and providing them the best information available.

Traditional law firms focus on their own needs, which are based almost exclusively on the amount of billable hours that each attorney can produce.  We know this because it is the environment out of which we decided to create a different kind of law firm.  You should not be prohibited from receiving the best information and representation available because of the hourly fees charged by huge, impersonal law firms.

We reject the idea that the only method of being compensated for our services is to accumulate billable hours, tack on all incidental expenses, and send the client an invoice.  In fact, we do not charge our clients for general overhead expenses, such as long-distance calls, basic copying charges, standard postage, or faxing.  Further, no employee at Dorman Bell is asked to meet a minimum billing requirement.  Our efficient operating model, flexibility, and disdain for the traditional billable-hour mentality allow us to work directly with you to obtain a billing arrangement that is fair, creative, and mutually beneficial.

While we offer the traditional hourly fee arrangement when it is needed, we are always willing to discuss alternative fee arrangements, including fixed fee, contingency fee, reverse contingency fee, and blended or hybrid fee arrangements.  Ideally, our compensation is tied to the value you receive, not to how much time we bill or how long a dispute drags on.

Because we seek to directly align our interests with those of our clients, we succeed when our clients succeed.

Our Mission

Our mission at Dorman Bell, LLP is to provide an alternative to the traditional law firm, both for our clients and employees.  We aim to do this by:

  • Understanding that the client is our customer;
  • Building an ongoing, trusting relationship with each client;
  • Providing the best available information and representation in the most cost-efficient manner;
  • Practicing law in the most ethical manner; and
  • Maintaining a work-life balance that enables each of our employees to enjoy their work.