UF Law – The Best Law School in Florida

University of Florida Levin College of Law (UF Law) Image: law.ufl.edu

University of Florida Levin College of Law (UF Law)
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A founding and managing partner of Daytona Beach, Florida-based law firm Doran Sims Wolfe & Ciocchetti, Ted Doran won multimillion-dollar verdicts and judgments on behalf of the State of Florida. Ted Doran earned his JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (UF Law) in Gainesville.

A member of the Association of American Law Schools, UF Law was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1925. US News & World Report has ranked UF Law as the Best Law School in Florida. In the most recent rankings, the law school ranked 24th among public law schools and was 48th overall. Its Environmental and Land Use Law Program ranked 8th among public schools and ranked 19th overall. The school’s Tax Program topped the ranking for public schools and ranked 3rd overall.

Likewise, Law Street Media ranked the family law program of UF Law as No. 5 in the country.

Based on data for tuition, fees, and annual expenses from the American Bar Association, the law school is the third most affordable among the top 50 law schools in the country.

In 2005, a $25 million renovation and expansion was made on the UF Law library, turning it into one of the largest in the Southeast and one of the top 20 in the nation. Donations from faithful alumni and friends have made the school one of the best endowed public law colleges in the country.

UF Law has over 1,000 students with a full-time faculty of 69 and a host of visiting and adjunct professors.


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.

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.

Shriners Coming to Daytona Beach in 2017

Shriners Imperial Session pic

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.

Daytona Beach Prepares to Welcome 2017 Shriners Convention


Shriners Imperial Session pic

Shriners Imperial Session
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Daytona Beach, Florida, is preparing for the arrival of the 2017 Imperial Session of the Shriners organization, thanks to the efforts of Ted Doran, who was chairman of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority Board at the time of the site selection process. Bringing 30 years of experience as a Florida attorney and recently serving four years on the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ted Doran made every effort to impress the merits of Daytona Beach upon Gary Bergenske, who will be named the head of the Shriners in 2017.

The Shriners Imperial Session is expected to bring up to 20,000 visitors and $8 million into Daytona Beach. Mr. Bergenske, an Orlando businessman, became familiar with the area when he purchased a vacation home in Daytona, developing an affection for the city that he wished to share with the rest of his organization.

In 2012, Ted Doran helped convince Mr. Bergenske that Daytona Beach was more than equal to the task of hosting the upcoming convention. The area offers the appeal of its natural beauty, famed beaches, and access to the famous Daytona International Speedway, which the Shriners could use for their customary mini-car and motorcycle races. When the decision was finalized, Mr. Doran, joined by Mr. Bergenske and Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey, celebrated the selection of the city in traditional NASCAR fashion by spraying champagne onto Victory Lane at the Speedway.