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.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2005||12/17/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|Florida Coastal Law Review||EVERYTHING YOU DO NOT SAY WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU IN A COURT OF LAW: IS THERE A FIFTH AMENDMENT PRIVILEGE AGAINST SELF-INCRIMINATION FOR PRE-ARREST SILENCE IN THE WAKE OF MCCANN?||2005|
|Florida Coastal School of Law||Juris Doctor||2005|
|Grand Valley State University||BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration||1995|
|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.|
|Injunction Dismissed in the Face of "Overwhelming Evidence" Against My Client||Despite what had been referred to as overwhelming evidence in support of the wife's accusations I showed the wife to be untruthful through my cross examination of her; and the injunction was dismissed.|
|Child Returned after Wrongful Removal from Mother's Custody||Filed appropriate motions and successfully argued for child to be returned to mother.|
|Domestic Violence Charge Dismissed||We informed the prosecution of the existence of reasonable doubt in the case, and we refused to back down. As a result the case was dismissed before trial.|
|Child Custody||Jurisdiction was transferred from Texas to Florida and the child retuned to our client.|
|Alleged Crime Against Law Enforcement Officer||I was able to use the prosecution's own evidence to convince them to enter a nolle prosequi (dismiss the case) before trial.|
|Civil Litigation||I filed a motion to dismmiss for several valid reasons, and other side agreed to a settlement that was greatly in my client's favor.|
|Divorce/Alimony||At trial I was able to argue agsint alimony, and the court ordered temporary alimony of a shorter duration and a lower amount than we offered to wife in mediation.|
|Relocation with Child||I filed an objection to relocation on my clilent's behalf and the ex-wife was prevented from moving with the child.|
|Successful Defense of a Military Veteran||I was able to use medical records and other evidence to negotiate a non-prison plea agreement and keep my client from becoming a convicted felon.|
|Child Custody||Child was secured by PA law enforcement and returned to FL|
|Helped Teacher to Keep Her Job||Arguing the facts & evidence, I persuaded the school board to delay firing my client & convinced the prosecution to file a "No Information," thereby electing to not file any charges. The client was then able to keep her taching job.|
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