Daytona Beach Law Firm Won Third-Largest Award for the State

Doran Sims Wolfe and Ciocchetti

Doran Sims Wolfe and Ciocchetti
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Ted Doran possesses more than three decades of legal experience, the majority of which he has garnered as an attorney with Doran Sims Wolfe and Ciocchetti in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 2013, Ted Doran and his team won a $15 million judgement for the state–the third-largest award in Florida’s history.

The noteworthy amount was awarded following a case against BB&T bank, regarding certificates of deposit that the bank acquired in its purchase of the assets of the defunct Colonial Bank from the government.

The initial trial closed in June 2012, but BB&T appealed the ruling and lost once again in November 2013. The money won from the judgement was applied to the receivership estate of two failed insurance companies.

The case was the law firm’s second among the top three awards for Florida. Attorneys at Doran Sims Wolfe and Ciocchetti were also responsible for a 2005 judgement that won the state more than $20 million in a breach of contract suit against a medical malpractice insurance company.

Quoted in a local newspaper in 2013, Mr. Doran granted credit for the most recent award to Florida’s chief financial officer and his pursuance of claims like the BB&T suit.

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Bringing More Tourists to Daytona Beach

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In 2011, attorney Ted Doran was appointed as chair of the Halifax Area Advertising Agency (HAAA), the regional board in charge of bringing tourists into the Daytona Beach area, which stretches from Ormond by the Sea to Ponce Inlet. During his tenure as board chair, Ted Doran oversaw the hiring of Jeffrey Hertz, the CEO of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mr. Doran’s original appointment to the board came from County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack, who appointed him in an effort to bring more transparency to the operating of the HAAA. As a local attorney, Mr. Doran was a unique voice on the board. He did not have a vested interest in hotel properties, but his position as a small business owner in the area drove his desire to see the HAAA governed correctly.

The HAAA collects a 3 percent tax on overnight accommodations, which is used to promote the area’s tourism offerings. In addition, the HAAA collects an additional 3 percent tax known as the Tourist Development Tax, which is used to fund the Ocean Center, a convention center in Daytona Beach.

Shriners Coming to Daytona Beach in 2017

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Shriners Imperial Session
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The national conference for Shriners International will be coming to Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2017. The event will be held at the Ocean Center, Daytona Beach’s convention center which underwent an $82 million expansion 2009. This conference was a major victory in 2012 for Ted Doran, the chair of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority (HAAA). During his time as chair of the HAAA, Ted Doran sought to increase tourism in the area by promoting the use of the Ocean Center as a venue for conventions.

The conference will be overseen by the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the organization in charge of the Ocean Center. The Shriners conference will bring an estimated $8 million into the local economy, along with over 15,000 people to the Daytona Beach area.

Shriners International is a fraternal organization dedicated to providing charitable aid to those in need. The group is known for its Shriners Hospitals for Children, which focuses on providing advanced care to children regardless of the family’s financial ability to pay.