Ted Doran Wins State of Florida $15 Million Award

State of Florida

State of Florida


A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Ted Doran oversees the firm of Doran, Sims, Wolfe & Ciocchetti as managing partner. Over the course of his more than 30 years as a lawyer, Ted Doran has successfully tried numerous cases, including a 2013 case in which he won the State of Florida $15 million.

In November 2013, the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee upheld a $15 million judgment against BB&T bank in a case involving approximately $12.5 million in certificates of deposit (CDs) from two insurance companies with common owners. Mr. Doran’s firm originally won the case in June 2012, and the resulting award marked the third-biggest award for Florida’s receiver.

The firm had previously won one of the state’s largest awards in a $17 million judgment against the Doctors’ Company in 2005. After attorneys’ fees and costs, the judgment rose to more than $20 million.


BGC Helps Youth in Volusia and Flagler Counties

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida
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Ted Doran of Daytona Beach, Florida, is a senior partner with Doran Sims Wolfe & Ciocchetti. Ted Doran is also a supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of Volusia/Flagler Counties.

BGC clubs are located in eight communities within the counties of Volusia and Flagler. The purpose of the clubs is to provide a safe environment for youth to gather when school is not in session, while teaching leadership skills and self-respect.

Serving 1,600 area youth, the organization offers programs in education, the environment, alcohol and drug prevention, gang prevention, pregnancy prevention, leadership development, and athletics, among others.

Last year, BGC of Volusia and Flagler Counties saw 100 percent of club members participate in the educational reinforcement program, Project Learn, and in the SMART Moves prevention program. The SMART Moves program teaches self-esteem and resistance to peer pressure to engage in sexual activity, gangs, alcohol, and marijuana. There were no club members arrested and no pregnancies reported in 2015.

Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce Offers Leadership Daytona Course


Community Involvement through Daytona Beach Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy Daytona Beach

Citizens Police Academy Daytona Beach


A successful civil litigation lawyer, Ted Doran has contributed to his community by assuming such leadership roles as chairman of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, and chairman of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority. Prior to entering law school, Ted Doran was a public servant, protecting his community as a police officer in City of Daytona Beach.

One way residents of Daytona Beach can participate in community activities is through a police department outreach program known as the Citizens Police Academy. Through the course, residents become knowledgeable about the fundamental tasks of the city’s police department and gain information about the training the officers undergo.

Course topics include officer training requirements, SWAT and K-9 unit demonstrations, evidence collection and crime scene investigation, and actual firing at a shoot range.

The 10-week program is free and is held on a rolling basis, generally on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 129 Valor Boulevard, Daytona Beach.

Experience is not required to participate in the course. Students are asked to have an interest in learning about the city’s police department and the willingness to invest time in the program.

Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools Provides Teacher Grants

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FUTURES Foundation
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Ted Doran practices civil litigation and acts as the managing partner of Doran, Sims, Wolfe & Ciocchetti. Since 2002, he has also represented the School Board of Volusia County. Long before he was appointed as School Board Attorney, Ted Doran helped found the Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools.

The Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools encourages business and civic leaders to support a common goal: to enhance the quality of public education in the county. Through this effort, Futures facilitates fundraising throughout the community for various initiatives, such as the Teacher Grants Program.

The Teacher Grants Program provides teachers with financial aid to purchase classroom resources. These grants empower educators by making possible the purchase of enhanced instructional materials and activities. The Teacher Grants Program can give as much as $1,000 for each application. All public school K-12 teachers and administrators in Volusia County are qualified to apply for this program.

Common Aspects of Family Law

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Family Law
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Ted Doran sits as the founding partner of Doran, Sims, Wolfe & Ciocchetti, a legal firm servicing clients across Florida. Practicing since 1982, Ted Doran focuses on several practice areas, including family law.

Family law encompasses all matters dealing with family and domestic relations. Some aspects of family law include:

Alimony – Alimony is a set amount of money that one party of a divorced couple must pay to the other for a period of time following divorce. If there is an imbalance in income between a couple, the party with the significantly larger income must usually pay some sort of alimony in the event of a divorce. No matter which side of the alimony you are on, a seasoned family law attorney will walk you through the alimony process and help settle a fair payment for you so that your assets remain intact.

Child custody and child support – Determining child custody, whether the parents are married or not, can often be a difficult and delicate affair. In a custody battle, it is important to find a legal professional that can help you reach an agreement that is fair to you. Child support payments, typically made by the noncustodial parent, are essential in a ensuring a good quality of life for the child.

Prenuptial agreements – Before marriage, parties who are concerned about the ownership of his or her assets should the marriage fail can enter into a prenuptial agreement. Having your prenuptial agreement drawn up in a way that protects your assets is imperative in securing a safe future for yourself in the event of a divorce.

Team Volusia EDC Supports Business Growth in Volusia County

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Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation
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A founding partner of a private law firm, Ted Doran represents numerous government agencies in Florida. Ted Doran also serves as a founding member and first chairman of Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, an organization that provides support to local businesses to spur economic prosperity.

Team Volusia EDC represents 16 cities in Volusia County – a 1200-square mile expanse found in northeast Florida. The organization caters to a variety of businesses in aviation and aerospace, film production, and manufacturing.

Team Volusia EDC oversees the growth of businesses in the aerospace and aviation industry in the county, including five local airports and the oldest university specializing in aerospace in the world, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The organization also ensures that local manufacturers, such as Hudson Technologies and Energizer Personal Care, have a proficient labor force trained at local colleges and universities. Team Volusia EDC also welcomes filmmakers who wish to produce a film or commercial, using as a backdrop The World’s Most Famous Beach and the myriad of picturesque settings in Volusia County.

The Steps of a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injury

Personal injury


An attorney with more than three decades of experience, Ted Doran is a partner at the Doran Sims Wolfe and Ciocchetti law firm located in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ted Doran’s firm manages cases in a variety of legal fields, including personal injury.

Personal injury cases are those in which the client was harmed in a motor vehicle accident or fall, or is the surviving loved one in a wrongful death situation. When an individual begins a personal injury or accident lawsuit, they often follow a number of steps similar to those of other cases.

– Meeting with an attorney. Both the plaintiff and the defendant may choose to acquire a lawyer, especially if the case exceeds the $5,000 limit of small claims court. The preliminary meeting will involve questions from the attorney about the incident, and their proposed advancement of the case.

– Filing of court papers. The lawyer will draft a complaint on behalf of the plaintiff. This document will be filed and the case will officially begin. Following this, a period of discovery is undertaken, during which time the lawyers on both sides of the case pursue all avenues relating to the incident that prompted the lawsuit.

– The case may be ended before it reaches a trial. Motions to resolve or dismiss the case, and settlement offers and negotiations, often result in the completion of a case before trial.

– Should the case go to trial, the date of the case could be months in the future, due to the heavy scheduling of the courts. A trial can be before a jury or before a judge only.

– Following a successful trial, the plaintiff may still require legal representation in the collection of the awarded amount. If the trial was not successful, the plaintiff–or the defendant–may choose to appeal.

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.

Bringing More Tourists to Daytona Beach

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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.