Daniel Woodring was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has lived in Florida for the past twenty-five years. In Florida, he lived and worked in Pensacola, Clearwater, Jacksonville, Gainesville and now Tallahassee. His wife Jean, who is also an attorney, was born in Miami, and grew up in Ft. Myers.
Daniel Woodring is a member of the Florida and Georgia Bars, and is admitted to practice before the Florida Federal Southern, Middle and Northern District Courts, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has worked at the trial level on cases in many of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits, in addition to cases in state administrative tribunals, and has argued cases at the Florida Supreme Court and Florida District Courts of Appeal, and briefed cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.
He graduated from the University of Florida, College of Law with a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, and received his B.A. degree from Clearwater Christian College, Summa Cum Laude.
After law school, Mr. Woodring was in private practice doing general civil and appellate work. He then left for a two year appellate clerkship at the First District Court of Appeal. During his time at the court, he worked on cases including, but not limited to: criminal; family law; administrative law; workers’ compensation; civil and constitutional law.
Mr. Woodring next worked as a counsel in the Executive Office of the Governor, Office of the General Counsel. During his time in Governor Bush’s Legal Office he had diverse responsibilities, including oversight and strategic litigation management of significant legal matters at numerous Governor’s agencies, including the Department of Education, Department of Management Services, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Department of Health, Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Children and Families, Department of Community Affairs, Department of Elder affairs, Agency for Workforce Innovation, Department of Transportation, and the Department of State. He was also legally responsible for topics as disparate as emergency operations; advising the Governor on the selection of judges; implementation of civil service reform; reform of workers’ compensation; budget and appropriation matters; Indian gaming law; and advice to the Florida Cabinet sitting in its many capacities, such as the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission.
Daniel Woodring was then selected to be the General Counsel for the Florida Department of Education, which encompassed Pre-K though 12th Grade, Community Colleges and the Florida University System. He was also the charter General Counsel for The Board of Governors, when that board was constitutionally created to manage the State University System. During his almost five years at the Department of Education, Mr. Woodring advised and litigated on matters including, but not limited to: constitutional challenges to Florida’s education programs, including Opportunity Scholarships and the charter school approval and appeal process; doing away with race as a preference in university admissions and state contracting; teacher and professional discipline cases; union, labor and employment matters; state procurement and bid protest proceedings; administrative rule challenges and rule making proceedings; IDEA and Section 504 proceedings; public records, government in the sunshine and ethical matters; contract negotiations and disputes.
Since 2007, Mr. Woodring has been back in private practice as the principal of the Woodring Law Firm, located in Tallahassee, Florida, and practicing statewide. He concentrates his practice on appeals; constitutional cases in both state and federal court; education law matters; and state administrative matters, including state procurement, professional regulation and occupational licensing.
Mr Woodring is rated AV Preeminent® Information about the ratings maye be found here www.martindale.com/ratings. AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
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Daniel and I have worked together on a variety of issues, mostly in the areas of education law and administrative law. I highly recommend him as a skilled and ethical attorney with a creative approach toward resolving complex legal matters for his clients.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1997||01/14/2016|
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1996||01/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Selected to Florida SuperLawyers||SuperLawyers||2015|
|Book Award for Remedies||University of Florida Law School||1996|
|James Locke Scholarship||University of Florida College of Law||1993|
|Principal||Woodring Law Firm||2007 - Present|
|General Counsel||Florida Department of Education||2002 - 2007|
|General Counsel||Florida Board of Governors for the State University System||2002 - 2005|
|A Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush||Executive Office of the Governor, Florida||1999 - 2002|
|Law Clerk For Judge Benton||First District Court of Appeal||1997 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Education Law Committee||Chair||2011 - 2012|
|Florida Bar, Education Law Committee||Vice-Chair||2010 - 2011|
|Florida Bar, Education Law Committee||Vice-Chair||2009 - 2010|
|Alliance of Charter School Attorneys||Advisory Panel Member||2009 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Education Law Committee||Member||2004 - 2006|
|Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States||Member||2003 - Present|
|Bar of the Federal District Court, FL Middle District||Member||2003 - Present|
|Bar of the Federal District Court, FL Southern District||Member||2003 - Present|
|Bar of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal||Member||2003 - Present|
|Bar of the Federal District Court, FL Northern District||Member||1999 - Present|
|Florida Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee||Member||1999 - 2002|
|Federalist Society (Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter)||Board Member||1998 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member in Good Standing||1997 - Present|
|Federalist Society, University of Florida Law School||President||1994 - 1995|
|Florida High School for Accelerated Learning Charter Schools v. School Board of Palm Beach County||Charter School Application denial was reversed and Charter School opened. *Results may not be typical, you may not have as beneficial a result.|
|Viering v. FCHR||A FCHR Order holding my client discriminated was reversed, and attorney fees for the Administrative hearing and appeals were also recovered. *Results may not be typical. You may not have as beneficial a result.|
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|Federalist Society Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter||A New Vanguard for Civil Rights in 1999:'Opportunity Scholarships' and the Florida A+ Plan."||N/A|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor with Honors||1996|
|Clearwater Christian College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors||1993|
|Charter Attorney Conference at Stanford Law School||Terminations and Non-Renewals of Charter Schools||2013|
|Florida Charter School Conference||Annual Legal Update for Florida Charter Schools||2012|
|RNLA 2010 FL Election Law Updates||Election Law 2010: Voter Registration and Early Voting||2010|
|National New Orleans Charter Conference||Due Process in the Charter School Context||2010|
|Florida Bar Midyear Meeting||National Legal Issues Impacting Charter Schools||2010|
|National Taxpayers Union Annual Conference||Litigating for Liberty- Strategies in High Profile Cases||2009|
|Florida Annual Charter School Conference||Curent Legal issues for Charter Schools and District Authorizers||2009|
|American Legislative Exchange Council - ALEC||States' Ability to Amend The Federal Constitution under Article 5||2009|
|Alliance of Charter School Attorneys||Equity and Adequacy Funding Litigation in the Charter School Context||2009|
|School Choice Options||Florida's School Choice Programs and Legal Challenges||2004|
|U. S. Department of Education Miami Conference||Race Neutral Alternatives to Racial preferences for Higher Education||2003|
|Annual Judge of Compensation Claims Conference||Update on Changes to the Workers' Compensation Laws||2001|
|Annual Judge of Compensation Claims Conference||What the Governor Considers Important for Judge of Compensation Claims Candidates||2000|