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Sean Timothy Donovan

Sean Timothy Donovan

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Family, Personal Injury, Litigation

About Me


Sean Donovan was born and raised in southwestern Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While in college, Sean was the captain of the cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams and was a collegiate All-American in the marathon in 1991. After graduating from college, Sean built a successful career  in the banking and insurance industries.


Seeking a warmer climate, Sean moved from michigan to the Tampa Bay Area in the spring of 1998 where he continued his career in insurance and banking. In the fall of 2002, Sean attended Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. While at Florida Coastal Sean flourished, becoming the first person in the school’s history to be accepted to the school’s Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Law Review programs. In 2004, Sean was elected to the position of Articles Editor of the school’s Law Review, and one of Sean's law review articles was selected for publication. In 2005 Sean graduated from Florida Coastal near the top of his class.


Upon graduation from law school, Sean accepted a position as a prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office for Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit. As a prosecutor, Sean was in charge of thousands of cases and gained valuable trial experience by trying almost one hundred felony  and misdemeanor trials. Additionally, Sean argued hundreds of dispositive motions that required research, testimony, and the admission of evidence. The training that Sean received from the State included, among other things, graduating from the State’s DUI and Advanced DUI schools, attending a seminar on the use of cutting edge evidence, and training in the operation of the Intoxilyzer 5000 and 8000 breath test machines. Also, due to Sean’s skill and dedication as a prosecutor, he was selected to train law enforcement in the proper implementation of field sobriety tests.


In 2009, Sean left the State Attorney’s Office to gain valuable experience in the civil realm, and immersed himself in criminal defense, personal injury litigation, family law, and general civil litigation for over two years.


In 2011 Sean decided that he could best put his talents to use and serve the Tampa Bay Area community by opening The Donovan Law Firm, P.A., which he did successfully for approxiamtely three years.  In 2014, Sean and his good friend Michael G. Butash, (himself an accomplished and skilled attorney) combined their talents and passion for the law by forming Butash and Donovan, LLC.


Sean takes his responsibilities to his clients very seriously, and works feverishly in his attempt to achieve the outcomes that his clients desire from their cases. Sean feels that communication is paramount, and takes extra time to make sure that his clients understand the issues involved in their cases and agree with the strategies employed. In fact, Sean gives his personal cellular telephone number to each of his clients in order to make himself available when they need him. Sean firmly believes that clients should be able to speak directly to their attorneys about their legal issues, and not just an assistant or paralegal.


At Butash and Donovan we are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized top quality legal representation no matter how large or small the legal matter.



Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Personal Injury: 30%
  2. Family: 30%
  3. Criminal Defense: 30%
  4. Litigation: 10%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Michael Denis Kenny

    I endorse this lawyer. I had the opportunity to work with Sean as a prosecutor for several years. After we both went in to private practice I have kept frequent contact with him. He is a very talented, dedicated and professional lawyer who will undoubtedly serve his clients well. In addition to Sean's skill as a lawyer he is also honest and compassionate. Those are essential qualities in a great lawyer.


    Michael Kenny Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kevin Dean Astl

    I endorse this lawyer. Sean and I worked together on a divorce case with challenging custodial and financial issues. He was unfailingly professional. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. He's also a helluva nice human being. That's rare enough in this business.


    Kevin Astl Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Butash and Donovan, LLC

23554 State Road 54
Lutz, FL, 33559



FLMember in Good Standing200508/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Dean's ScholarFlorida Coastal School of Law2005
Moot Court Honor BoardNational Moot Court Competition2004
American Jurisprudence Book AwardInstitute of General Practice2004
Dean's ListFlorida Coastal School of Law2004
Moot Court Honor AwardFlorida Coastal Internal Competition2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney/Managing PartnerButash and Donovan, LLC2014 - Present
Attorney/OwnerThe Donovan Law Firm, P.A.2011 - 2014
AttorneyPrivate practice2009 - 2011
AttorneyState Attorney's Office2006 - 2009


Association NamePosition NameDuration
The Herbert G. Goldburg-Ronald K. Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of CourtBarrister2014 - Present
The Stann W. Givens Family Law American Inn of Court of TampaBarrister2010 - Present
Florida BarAttorney2005 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Child CustodyChild was secured by PA law enforcement and returned to FL
Child Returned after Wrongful Removal from Mother's CustodyFiled appropriate motions and successfully argued for child to be returned to mother.
Child CustodyJurisdiction was transferred from Texas to Florida and the child retuned to our client.

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Publication NameTitleDate


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida Coastal School of LawLawJuris Doctor2005
Grand Valley State UniversityGeneral BusinessBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration1995