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Daniel Jon Woodring

also known as Daniel Woodring

About me

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 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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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 21%
    19 years, 250 cases
  2. Administrative Law: 20%
    19 years, 180 cases
  3. Education: 20%
    19 years, 350 cases
  4. Government: 20%
    19 years, 180 cases
  5. Constitutional: 19%
    19 years, 80 cases



Hourly ($300-500/hour), contingent (10-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (20 minutes)

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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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Contact info

Woodring Law Firm

203 N. Gadsden Street
Suite 1-C, The White House
Tallahassee, FL, 32301-7637

Woodring Law Firm

Located in Tallahasee, FL but handling cases
statewide in FL
Tampa, FL



GAActive Member in Good Standing 199708/05/2016
FLMember in Good Standing199606/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Selected to Florida SuperLawyersSuperLawyers2015
Book Award for RemediesUniversity of Florida Law School1996
James Locke ScholarshipUniversity of Florida College of Law1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalWoodring Law Firm2007 - Present
General CounselFlorida Department of Education2002 - 2007
General CounselFlorida Board of Governors for the State University System2002 - 2005
A Counsel to Governor Jeb BushExecutive Office of the Governor, Florida1999 - 2002
Law Clerk For Judge BentonFirst District Court of Appeal1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alliance of Charter School AttorneysAdvisory Panel Member2009 - Present
Bar of the Eleventh Circuit Court of AppealMember2003 - Present
Bar of the Federal District Court, FL Southern DistrictMember2003 - Present
Bar of the Federal District Court, FL Middle DistrictMember2003 - Present
Bar of the Supreme Court of the United StatesMember2003 - Present
Bar of the Federal District Court, FL Northern DistrictMember1999 - Present
Federalist Society (Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter)Board Member1998 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember in Good Standing1997 - Present
Florida Bar, Education Law CommitteeChair2011 - 2012
Florida Bar, Education Law CommitteeVice-Chair2010 - 2011
Florida Bar, Education Law CommitteeVice-Chair2009 - 2010
Florida Bar, Education Law CommitteeMember2004 - 2006
Florida Bar Judicial Evaluation CommitteeMember1999 - 2002
Federalist Society, University of Florida Law SchoolPresident1994 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Florida High School for Accelerated Learning Charter Schools v. School Board of Palm Beach CountyCharter School Application denial was reversed and Charter School opened. *Results may not be typical, you may not have as beneficial a result.
Viering v. FCHRA 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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Publication nameTitleDate
Federalist Society Civil Rights Practice Group NewsletterA New Vanguard for Civil Rights in 1999:'Opportunity Scholarships' and the Florida A+ Plan."N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJuris Doctor with Honors1996
Clearwater Christian CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Charter Attorney Conference at Stanford Law SchoolTerminations and Non-Renewals of Charter Schools2013
Florida Charter School ConferenceAnnual Legal Update for Florida Charter Schools2012
RNLA 2010 FL Election Law UpdatesElection Law 2010: Voter Registration and Early Voting2010
National New Orleans Charter ConferenceDue Process in the Charter School Context2010
Florida Bar Midyear MeetingNational Legal Issues Impacting Charter Schools2010
National Taxpayers Union Annual ConferenceLitigating for Liberty- Strategies in High Profile Cases2009
Florida Annual Charter School ConferenceCurent Legal issues for Charter Schools and District Authorizers2009
American Legislative Exchange Council - ALECStates' Ability to Amend The Federal Constitution under Article 52009
Alliance of Charter School AttorneysEquity and Adequacy Funding Litigation in the Charter School Context2009
School Choice OptionsFlorida's School Choice Programs and Legal Challenges2004
U. S. Department of Education Miami ConferenceRace Neutral Alternatives to Racial preferences for Higher Education2003
Annual Judge of Compensation Claims ConferenceUpdate on Changes to the Workers' Compensation Laws2001
Annual Judge of Compensation Claims ConferenceWhat the Governor Considers Important for Judge of Compensation Claims Candidates2000