Ted Doran

Ted Doran - Senior Partner in Doran Sims Wolfe & Ciocchetti

Ted Doran, the managing partner at Doran Sims Wolfe & Ciocchetti, is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law. He has considerable experience in civil litigation and family law. Over the course of a legal career spanning nearly 35 years, Ted Doran has also become skilled in representing government entities and other organizations in complex legal matters.

Mr. Doran has defended multiple state agencies in several of the largest claims ever filed against the state of Florida. He secured a jury verdict valued at more than $18 million in favor of the state as the receiver of a failed medical malpractice self-insurance fund, as well as a $15 million judgment on behalf of the state as a receiver in 2015, the third-largest sum awarded in a Florida receivership case.

In addition, Ted Doran has spent the last 13 years as general counsel for the School Board of Volusia County, Florida. He also represented the School Board of Volusia County as well as the School Board of Monroe County in both the Second Judicial Circuit Court and the First District Court of Appeal when the counties challenged Florida school district cost differentials as calculated by the Department of Education.

FSU’s Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives

An attorney and civic leader, Ted Doran participates in the improvement of student education and welfare in his role as school board attorney for the Volusia County School Board in Florida. Ted Doran earned his BS in criminology and sociology with a minor in government from Florida State University (FSU).

Designated by the Florida Legislature as a preeminent research university in the state, FSU offers programs that are among the best in the country. Its offerings range from Criminology and Psychology to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

FSU has a deep tradition of preparing students to succeed and lead, whatever their discipline. A way of achieving this is by emphasizing critical thinking skills. The university has further committed itself along this line by establishing the Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives.

The office aims to improve critical thinking skills among FSU student through co-curricular engagement, campus-wide programming, and instructional development. Launched in 2014, the Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives, with support from the Office of the Provost, currently sponsors two initiatives.

The first is the Faculty Fellows Program, which supports faculty members on an individual basis as they assume the Association of American Colleges & Universities Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric for application inside their academic disciplines. The second is the Discipline-Focused Projects which supports academic disciplines in their endeavors to reshape upper-division curriculum to further encourage students to think critically.