The landmark gift from the Dordick Law Corporation founder will support the law school’s top-ranked advocacy programs and increase access to legal education through student scholarships.
LOS ANGELES — Nava and Gary A. Dordick have made a generous $8 million commitment to LMU Loyola Law School (LLS). The gift will establish the LMU Loyola Law School Dordick Family Trial Advocacy Fund, dedicated to supporting the school’s celebrated advocacy programs, which provide tactical and strategic skills training to aspiring litigators with an emphasis on innovative curricula and a commitment to ethical advocacy.
“Educating with purpose, LMU Loyola Law School is a premier law school in L.A. and the nation, and we are fortunate to have Nava and Gary as our partners,” said LMU President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D. “I am grateful for the Dordick family’s generosity and inspired by their vision for the future of legal education. This gift will have a transformative impact on our students, faculty, and the expansion of our marquee advocacy programs.”
LLS’s advocacy programs are consistently ranked in the top 10 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report with the Trial Advocacy Program ranked fifth in the nation in 2023. LLS itself is ranked No. 60 in the 2023 U.S. News and World Report Best Law Schools; the school’s part-time program has been ranked in the top 10. The Dordicks’ gift will establish a newly endowed fund, strengthening academic programming, student scholarships and awards, and faculty and staff support associated with these programs well into the future. In recognition of their lifetime giving to the university, LLS will name the building housing its advocacy programs the Dordick Family Trial Advocacy Center.
The recipient of several awards and titles for his career as a trial lawyer specializing in plaintiff jury trials, Gary Dordick founded Dordick Law Corporation in 1987. Based in Los Angeles, the firm is a family affair: his wife, Nava, serves as CFO/administrator while three of their five children, Dylan, Michelle, and Taylor, work there as lawyers. The firm primarily takes on catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, many of which were high-profile lawsuits against major corporations. The Dordicks’ gift to LMU is their largest to date and brings together their interests in philanthropy, education, and the law.
“Our firm works hard to provide the best possible legal representation to clients who have suffered enormous losses, and we couldn’t do that without the preparation of an excellent legal education,” said Dordick. “LLS is known for producing great trial lawyers, and we want to ensure that future generations of law students, no matter their background, have access to an LLS education so they can help build a better world.”
“I am beyond thrilled by the Dordicks’ generosity,” said Interim Dean and Senior Vice President of LMU Loyola Law School Brietta Clark. “A gift of this magnitude provides LLS an extraordinary foundation of support as we continue to grow Loyola Law School’s top-ranked advocacy programs and shape the diverse legal profession of the future.”