Meet the Founders of VL Business Law
Dorothy Vinsky created a women-led law firm with her partner to support entrepreneurs whose
businesses promote an inclusive society. Dorothy has deep experience representing startups, venture-
backed companies and publicly-traded companies in private equity and debt financings, mergers and
acquisitions and other strategic transactions. She works with clients in technology, food and agtech,
finance and e-commerce industries.
Dorothy is a frequent speaker on corporate and securities law topics. She has mentored startups at the
UCLA Venture Accelerator since its inception, and taught securities law and venture capital financing at
Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She is a contributing author to Venture Capital & Public Offering
Negotiation, published by Wolters Kluwer.
Before VL Business Law, Dorothy practiced in San Francisco with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP and
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC and in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley with prominent corporate
and securities boutiques and in-house legal departments.
Dorothy is currently attending an LL.M. program at UCLA School of Law, with a focus on technology,
human rights and corporate accountability. She received her JD degree from Loyola Law School in Los
Angeles, Dean’s List, and a Master of Arts in International Relations, with honors, from the University of
San Diego and a Bachelor of Science, Psychobiology from UCLA.
She regularly does pro bono work with Public Counsel and the UCLA Venture Accelerator. Also, as part
of a team of lawyers, Center for Justice and Accountability and ACLU of Georgia, she represented
plaintiffs in a pro bono international human rights case Mehinovic v. Vuckovic in which plaintiffs obtained
a $140 million judgment.
Prior to graduate school, Dorothy worked as a Diplomatic Aide to the Republic of Croatia’s first state
representative to the United States in Washington D.C. She is fluent in Croatian and has working proficiency in French.
Rosemary Lemmis joined her partner to start the law firm to represent both established and new
businesses and individuals in a variety of areas. She is committed to promoting ethical and
responsible standards for lawyers and their clients in a diverse and at times fractured society.
Rosemary has a deep background in commercial real estate transactions, having represented real estate
investment firms, developers, funds, commercial landlords and businesses. She has advised and
created appropriate entities of real estate related and other businesses, including joint ventures,
limited liability companies (including bankruptcy-remote entities available in certain
jurisdictions), limited partnerships, general partnerships and corporations. She has been involved
in billions of dollars of real estate acquisitions and sales involving large and small office
buildings, retail and multitenant apartment buildings, industrial and warehouse properties,
distressed assets including REO’s and defaulted notes, residential properties and raw land. She
has regularly handled private offerings and advised on real estate ownership for equity investors.
She has been involved in financing for borrowers, investors, and guarantors, including equity and
mezzanine financing, including construction, bridge and permanent financing, and conduit loans.
She has prepared and negotiated commercial leases for landlords and tenants for restaurants,
offices, big-box national chains, multitenant and industrial properties.
She also provides opinion letters, including substantive non-consolidation opinions.
She represents startups in e-commerce, food and technology areas. She has also worked on
business and real estate litigation and appeals.
Prior to opening VL Business Law, Rosemary worked at both mid-sized firms and boutique firms in the
Los Angeles area. With her law partner, she is teaching at the UCLA Venture Accelerator at the
Anderson School of Business and mentoring startup businesses. She received her BA from
Brown University, her JD from the USC Gould School of Law, is ABD from Carnegie Mellon
University, and studied at the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College. She has
taught reading and writing at Carnegie Mellon University, and senior seminars in the Law and
Society Program at the University of California at Riverside. She has also taught classes on
business entity formation and commercial leases to various community development groups, and
spoken at a number of conferences.
She does pro bono work with Public Counsel, and received an award as their 2015 Community
Development Lawyer of the year. She is a member of CREW-LA, the UCLA Real Estate
Alumni Group, and Mensa.