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Donald J. Doody

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Goren Cherof Doody & Ezrol PA
3099 E Commercial Blvd Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Phone: 954-771-4500
Fax: 954-771-4923
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021
Licensed in Florida Since: 1979
Practice Areas: State, Local & Municipal (50%), Real Estate: Business (50%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. Doody’s practice encompasses the representation of clients in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Doody is Martindale-Hubbell peer review rated AV Preeminent.

In his representation of clients in the private sector, Mr. Doody has extensive experience in complicated and sophisticated commercial real estate transactions.  His client base is comprised of commercial developers and investors involved in the acquisition, sale, and development of large scale projects.  His real estate practice also entails the representation of financial institutions actively engaged in financing both commercial and residential projects and representing individuals in the acquisition or sale of residential properties.  In addition, Mr. Doody represents private clients in matters related to corporate activities and ongoing business ventures, zoning related issues And civil litigation.

Mr. Doody represents numerous municipalities in the South Florida area, a water control district as well as several successful community redevelopment agencies.  Relative to municipalities, in addition to the traditional and customary areas of responsibilities such as drafting legislation, advising both elected officials and staff members as well as attending  public meetings, Mr. Doody has played a pivotal role in beach re-nourishment projects, complex construction projects, and real estate transactions involving the acquisition of large tracts of property associated with redevelopment efforts within the individual municipalities.  Over the course of time, he has as a city attorney successfully defended municipal clients both in federal and state courts involving issues associated with zoning related issues and constitutional issues such as ADA claims, taking claims, the regulation of adult entertainment establishments and employment actions brought against the firm’s governmental clients.  In 2016 Mr. Doody was named Municipal Attorney of the Year and awarded the Paul S. Buchman Award by the Florida Municipal Attorney’s Association.

About Donald J. Doody

First Admitted: 1979, Florida

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Representative Clients

  • City of Oakland Park, Village of Sea Ranch Lakes, Town of Hillsboro Beach, Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Area, Pine Tree Water Control  District

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts - The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, 1973
  • Masters in Public Administration - Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 1976
  • Juris Doctorate - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1978

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Admitted Florida and Illinois Bar , 1979
  • Admitted U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1980
  • Admitted U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court, 1987

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Florida Association of Municipal Attorneys - Board of Directors and Past President, 1986


  • Donald “DJ” Doody, shareholder at the law firm Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, was named Municipal Attorney of the Year as he received the Paul S. Buchman Award at the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association’s (FMAA) 2017 seminar. Named in honor of Paul Buchman, who served Plant City as its city attorney for 42 years, the award recognizes Mr. Doody’s significant contributions to the practice of municipal law., Municpal Attorney of the Year - Paul S. Buchman Award, Florida Municipal Attorney's Association, 2017
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Office Location for Donald J. Doody

3099 E Commercial Blvd Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Last Updated: 2/10/2021

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