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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.  


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
    31 years
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
    29 years
  3. Business: 20%
    29 years
  4. Construction: 20%
    25 years
  5. Corporate: 10%
    29 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • John Frederick Sawyer

    Barry is highly intelligent and experienced. He is excellent at identifying the issue and achieving a great solution for his clients. I highly recommend him.


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    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Webb Brantley Basnight III

    I endorse this lawyer. I have practiced law with Mr. Dorans for many years and I have found him to always be one of the very best in litigation, business law, and commercial transactions. He is exemplary in character, of the highest integrity, and gentlemanly in demeanor. He is extremely knowledgeable in his profession, respected by his peers and the judiciary, and effective with the results in cases which he handles. If there is a "gold" standard among attorneys, Mr. Dorans is that.


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    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Wolcott Rivers Gates

Convergence Center V
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452-1385


VAAuthorized to practice law198403/31/2016
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 Beach Bar AssociationN/A1985 - Present
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar AssociationN/A1985 - Present
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
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