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Sean Timothy Donovan

Criminal defense Attorney at Lutz, FL

4.4   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Sean

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I use my experience both as a prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney to fight for and protect my clients' rights. I have handled cases ranging from misdemeanors and traffic citations to felony cases (up to and including murder charges).

  2. Family
    Through my full service family law practice I help my clients with all manners of family law issues, including: divorce, modification, child support, alimony, custody issues, time-sharing, contempt, temporary relief, relocation, and more.

  3. Personal injury
    I aggressively represent clients in all sorts of injury cases. No case is too small or too large for my firm and I to handle.

  4. Litigation
    I have represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants regarding a broad array of civil litigation issues.


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.



Butash and Donovan, LLC
23554 State Road 54
Lutz, FL, 33559

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Posted by Lauren | June 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, very reliable
After contacting several law offices the morning of my boyfriend's arraignment I was told there's nothing we can do with such short notice. Sean Donovan was my last hope and I couldn't be happier with the results. He was able to meet with me that morning, get the lowest bond possible, and in the end had all charges dropped. Mr. Donovan is very reliable, knowledgeable and a great person to work with and I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
I have known Mr. Donovan for years. Mr. Donovan has helped me with family legal matters and proved to be knowledgeable, trustworthy and supportive. Not only is Mr. Donovan a great lawyer, he is a good man, husband and father with strong moral and family values. I would highly recommend Mr. Donovan to anyone needing a lawyer.
Posted by George Melendez | April 21, 2015
Sean Donovan is a Lawyer of the highest professional caliber. He is a true pleasure to work with. The last case I had with Mr. Donovan was resolved smoothly while both attorney's were able to maintain great advocacy for their clients. Following the resolution of the case. Mr. Donovan continue to be great friends.
Posted by Irene | April 14, 2015
Knowledgeable and Professional
I was extremely surprised at the quick response to my phone call. Sean was very knowledgeable about my issue and resolved it quickly. He kept me informed and handled everything from start to finish with a successful outcome for me. I recommend him hands down.
Posted by joe | May 26, 2014
The Best.
Sean and his staff are always very responsive and informative. If you want an attorney that will explain your options, keep you informed through the whole process and fight for you like a pitbull then he is your guy.
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2013
I highly recommend attorney Sean Donovan to anyone who is seeking professional assistance with their legal issue. He is extremely knowledgeable and supportive. Not only did he answer my legal questions but he took the time to explain all the options I had available at the time. As a result, my case was resolved quickly and in a favorable manner. I thank Mr. Donovan for all the effort and time that he put into my case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn’t have picked a worse lawyer
I lost a case I could have easily won because of Sean Donovan and his lack of care or interest in my case. He is only full of empty words and empty promises. He didn’t try to explain all my options to me and was always in a hurry and I could never get him on the phone whenever I needed him. Big mistake.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Managing Partner
  • Butash and Donovan, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • The Donovan Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Private practice
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2009
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  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Grand Valley State University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI Defense
  • I successfully argued for a reduciton from DUI to reckless driving; thereby keeping my client out of jail, saving him thousands of dollars in court costs and fees, and avoiding a 5 year suspension of his driving privileges.
  • Paternity Established and Father Awarded 50/50 Custody
  • Court found client to be the legal father and awarded him 50% time-sharing (commonly referred to as Custody or Visitation) with his child.
  • Helped Teacher to Keep Her Job
  • Able to have the Injunction and all charges dismmissed, and client was allowed to keep her teaching job.
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  • The Herbert G. Goldburg-Ronald K. Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2014 - Present
  • The Stann W. Givens Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa
  • Barrister
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Attorney
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Dean's Scholar
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2005
  • Moot Court Honor Board
  • National Moot Court Competition
  • 2004
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award
  • Institute of General Practice
  • 2004
  • Dean's List
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2004
  • Moot Court Honor Award
  • Florida Coastal Internal Competition
  • 2003
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  • Florida Coastal Law Review
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
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Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean is a good lawyer with a cooperative attitude. This quality is especially helpful in family law matters, which can get very contentious."
Unknown Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sean is the consummate professional. Sean represents his clients interests to the fullest extent, while maintaining a high degree of professionalism. He is an extremely effective advocate, both in the courtroom and out."
Criminal defense
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Lutz Criminal defense Lawyer Sean Timothy Donovan
Sean Timothy Donovan
Criminal defense Attorney
Lutz, FL
Licensed for 18 years