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Barry Joseph Dorans

Barry Joseph Dorans

Practice areas:

Litigation, Commercial, Business, Corporate & Incorporation

About Me

For some people, the practice of law is just a job, they work on a case from 9 to 5, and then go home.  I take it as a personal responsibilty to do the best for a client.  I sometimes tell the client there is no need for them to worry about the case, I will do enough worrying for both of us. It is a very rewarding feeling on a personal level, when you work with a client on a matter and are able to help them achieve their goals.  


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Litigation: 40%
    30 years
  2. Commercial: 25%
    28 years
  3. Business: 20%
    28 years
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 15%
    28 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Paul David Merullo

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Barry Dorans as opposing counsel in a dispute over insurance proceeds. He is a smart and tough litigator who gets good results for his clients.


    Paul Merullo Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Kellam Thomas Parks

    Barry is an excellent litigator. He has excellent attention to detail and is results oriented. He has experience in a wide-variety of legal fields and uses his depth and breadth of knowledge to his clients' advantage. I highly recommend Barry.


    Kellam Parks Family Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Wolcott Rivers Gates

Convergence Center V
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452-1385



VAAuthorized to practice law198403/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal Elite Construction LawVirginia Business Magazine2008
Legal Elite - Labor and EmploymentVirginia Business Magazine2005
Phi Betta KappaPhi Betta Kappa Society1979

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerWolcott Rivers Gates1984 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Virginia Client Protection Fund Board, VSBChairman2008 - 2010
Virginia Client Protection Fund BoardMember2004 - 2009
Virginia Board of Professional Occupational RegulationBoard Member1995 - 1999
Virgina State Bar, Second District Disciplinary CommitteMember, and Chair Subcommittee1990 - 1993
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationN/A1985 - Present
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar AssociationN/A1985 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Act II Jewelry v Zhu, Mu YingJury Verdict $848,818

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Publication NameTitleDate
Virginia Business Magazine, Guide to Doing Business In VirginiaShould I be a Corporation or a Limited Liability Company2007


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
William & Mary Law SchoolN/AJuris Doctor1983
State University of New York, Stony BrookPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1980

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
SeminarEmployee Benefits Compliance Audit2011