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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


  1. Litigation: 40%
    31 years
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
    29 years
  3. Business: 20%
    29 years
  4. Corporate: 15%
    29 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • 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 law198409/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers ListCoastal Virginia Magazine2015
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