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Daniel Jon Woodring

Appeals Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

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also known as Daniel Woodring

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  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 26 years
    Florida - FL 27 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1997
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1996
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    We represent individuals and businesses filing or defending civil or administrative appeals in Florida or Federal Courts. We argue cases in the Florida Supreme Court and District Courts of Appeal, and have briefed cases in the U. S. Supreme Court.

    27 years, 250 cases

  2. Administrative law
    We handle Florida administrative matters statewide, including DOAH hearings, bid protests, rule challenges, unpromulgated rule challenges, occupational licensing and professional discipline cases, administrative appeals to state and local agencies, and circuit courts and the district courts of appeal.

    27 years, 180 cases

  3. Business
    We help businesses with contract reviews and disputes, arbitration, professional licensing, corporate dissolution and sales, bid protests.

    27 years

  4. Constitutional
    We bring and defend constitutional challenges under Federal and State Constitutions, such as First Amendment challenges, ballot title, religious, racial or other discrimination, challenges to statutes or rules as unconstitutional.

    27 years, 80 cases

  5. Education
    We represent parents and students in disputes with public and private schools and universities, and also represent charter schools, private schools, private colleges and universities in regulatory disputes, litigation and appeals. Some examples of work we do are discipline and expulsion matters, charter school application appeals and general counsel services, representing private schools and colleges in state or federal investigations or administrative disputes.

    27 years, 350 cases

  6. Government
    Government Procurement Bid Protests Administrative Hearings, Rule Challenges Occupational licening Licensing Issues, First Amendment, Open Government, Public Records, Free Speech issues, Ethics and Election matters

    27 years, 180 cases



Daniel Woodring was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has lived in Florida for over 30 years.  In Florida, he has 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, 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 accepted 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 such as 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 chosen as 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; 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 returned to 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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Woodring Law Firm
111 N. Calhoun Street Suite 9
Tallahassee, FL, 32301
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Located in Tallahasee, FL but handling cases
statewide in FL
Tampa, FL
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5.0 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Novelette Tomlinson | November 7, 2014
Best attorney ever
Mr. Woodring is a great attorney, he took my case fought and I won. I will highly recommend Mr. Woodring as one of the best attorney ever. Please I am not paid to do this, because my reveiw is for real. I thank you Sir for what you did for me, it has sure made a difference in my life. I hope you can accept this review as a token of my appreciation. Thank yo Sir.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Attorney and title question
Daniel answered my questions, pleased with his response
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Contract Issues
Never having signed a contract before, Mr. Woodring explained to me that the completion date for my solar panels was open-ended. I trusted the company to do the project in a timely manner; but that wasn't about to happen without a date.


  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 365-600 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-50%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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  • University of Florida, College of Law
  • Juris Doctor with Honors
  • 1996
  • Clearwater Christian College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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.


  • Alliance of Charter School Attorneys
  • Advisory Panel Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Bar of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal
  • 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 Federal District Court, FL Northern District
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Federalist Society (Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter)
  • Board Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member in Good Standing
  • 1997 - Present
  • 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
  • Florida Bar, Education Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2023
  • Florida Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Federalist Society, University of Florida Law School
  • President
  • 1994 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • 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
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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

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Charter School Conference
  • Annual Legal Update for Florida Charter Schools
  • 2022
  • Charter Attorney Conference at Stanford Law School
  • Terminations and Non-Renewals of Charter Schools
  • 2013
  • 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
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Education Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Business Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Woodring are consistently accurate, full of analysis and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Constitutional Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Woodring demonstrates an excellent knowledge of the law and compassion to help people in need. He has earned respect from his colleagues in the legal industry. I fully endorse him."
Education Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is smart, knowledgeable and diligent."
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Tallahassee Appeals Lawyer Daniel Jon Woodring
Daniel Jon Woodring
Appeals Attorney
Tallahassee, FL
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation