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Theodore R. Doran

Senior Partner

Practice Areas

Family, Personal Injury, Government Tort Liability, Guardianships, Expungements

Ted Doran is the founding partner of Doran Sims Wolfe and Yoon.  He has been practicing law in Daytona Beach since 1982.  As a trial attorney he has been called to defend some of the largest claims ever filed against, or brought by, the State of Florida.  These included the second and third largest verdicts ever on behalf of the State of Florida.  Additionally, he represented multiple school boards while challenging the methodology used by the Department of Education in calculating district cost differentials for Florida school districts.  The litigation included as defendants, both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate.  In addition to representation of the School Board of Volusia County, the majority of his practice is focused on family law.  He was lead trial counsel and lead appellate counsel in the case of Lostaglio v. Lostaglio.  1600 of the state’s top divorce lawyers voted on the opinion as the 2016 alimony case of the year.  The ruling profoundly altered the parameters for applying adultery to alimony cases throughout Florida and had a significant impact on all future alimony cases from that point forward.  His client base includes a wide range of professions including physicians, Fortune 500 executives, NASCAR executives, dental practitioners, hospital administrators and past elected officials.

Mr. Doran has been continuously interested in the progress of his community and has involved himself with community affairs since he arrived in 1982.  In 1985, he assisted in the creation of FUTURES, Inc. and served as its first VicePresident.  He served as the School Board Attorney for Volusia County schools for over 20 years.  Over the last 30+ years, Mr. Doran has held many positions as a community servant in Volusia County, including Chairman of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, founding member and first Chairman of Team Volusia Economic Development, Chairman of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority (Convention and Visitors Bureau) and President of Oceanside Daytona Beach Rotary.  He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and was named the person of the year for Arthaus and has served on many boards of directors including the Florida HMO Consumer Assistance Board, the Port Orange Community Trust, Port Orange Family Days, I.C.A.R.E, Alzheimer’s Support Group and Spring Break Task Force of Volusia County.

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. – 1982
    • Honors: Board of Editors, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, 1981
    • Honors: Florida Blue Key
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.S. – 1978

Bar Admission

  • Florida, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982

Representative Cases

  • Bartolucci v. McKay, 428 So. 2d 378, 1983, Fla. 5th DCA
  • The Estate of Grant v. Irick, 433 So. 2d 681, 1983, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Morris v. Morris, 743 So. 2d 81, 1999, Fla. 5th DCA
  • James v. County of Volusia, 683 So. 2d 555, 1996, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Ingrahm v. Ingrahm, 711 So. 2d 1346, 1998, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Hirsch v. DiGaetano, M.D., 732 So. 2d 1177, 1999, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Hirsch v. Clower & Demming, 759 So. 2d 720, 2000, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Patel v. School Board of Volusia County, Florida, 813 So.2d 135, 2002, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Town of Ponce Inlet, Florida v. Dragomirecky, 884 So. 2d 408, 2004, Fla. 1st DCA
  • Dragomirecky v. Town of Ponce Inlet, Florida, 882 So. 2d 495, 2004, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Soterakis v. Soterakis, 2005 WL 2396610, 2005, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Volusia Academies of Excellence, Inc. Elementary School v. School Board of Volusia County, No. 2004-1031-FOI (Fla. State Bd. of Education), 2005
  • McNamara v. McNamara, 988 So. 2d 1255, 2008, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Volusia Academies of Excellence, Inc. Middle School v. School Board of Volusia County, No. 2004-1030-FOI, 2005, Fla. State Bd. of Education
  • School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida v. King, 940 So. 2d 593, 2006, Fla 1st DCA
  • The Doctors’ Co. v. State of Fla. Dept. of Ins., 940 So. 2d 466, 2006, Fla 1st DCA
  • School Board of Volusia County, Florida v. Academies of Excellence, Inc., 2 So.3d 280, 2007, Fla. 5th DCA
  • State ex rel. Marsh, 958 So.2d 1082, 2007, Fla. 1st DCA
  • School Board of Volusia County, Florida v. Academies of Excellence, Inc., 974 So.2d 1186, 2008, Fla. 5th DCA
  • T.W. ex. rel. Wilson v. School Board of Seminole County, Florida, 610 F.3d 588, 2010, 11th Cir.
  • McNamara v. McNamara, 40 So.3d 78, 2010, Fla. 5th DCA
  • State, Department of Financial Services v. Branch Banking and Trust Co., 40 So.3d 829, 2010, Fla. 1st DCA
  • Morris v. Morris, 42 So.3d 34, 2010, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Morris v. Morris, 62 So.3d 1215, 2011, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Vince Alvarez v. Ana Alvarez, 974 So.2d 1126, 2008, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Chris Linge v. Dr. Andreea Chih, 135 So.3d 295, 2014, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Donald Clark v. Chrystal Clark, 147 So. 3d 655, 2014, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Andrew F. Gregory, Jr. v Nancy Ann Gregory, 128 So.3d 926, 2013, Fla. 5th DCA
  • Anthony Lostaglio v. Sharon Lonstaglio, WL 4944080, 2016

Representative Clients

  • County of Volusia, Florida
  • Volusia County School Board
  • Florida Department of Insurance, Division of Risk Management
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • Florida Department of Children and Family Services
  • Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Florida Department of Insurance, Div of Rehabilitation and Liquidation
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Town of Ponce Inlet, Florida
  • Inlet Harbor Marina
  • Don Bell Signs, LLC

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Governmental Affairs, Vice-Chairman, 1991 to 1992
  • Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board, 2009 to 2009
  • Florida Blue Key
  • Florida HMO Consumer Assistance Board, Director, 1998 to 2001
  • Halifax Health Foundation, Board Member, 2009 to 2011
  • Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, Chairman of the Board, 2010 to Present
  • Halifax Area Advertising Authority, Chairman of the Board, 2011 to Present
  • The Daytona Beach and Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • The Daytona Beach and Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel, 1986 to 1986
  • The Daytona Beach and Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel, 2006 to 2007
  • School Board of Volusia County, Florida, General Counsel, 2002 to 2002
  • Town of Ponce Inlet, Florida, Town Attorney, 2000 to 2007
  • In re the Receivership of Caduceus Self Insurance Fund, General Counsel, 2000 to 2000

Professional Associations

  • The Florida Bar, Family Law and Trial Lawyers Section, Member
  • Volusia County Bar Association, Member