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 in 1991 earned NJCAA collegiate All-American honors in the marathon. After graduating from college, Sean built a successful career in the banking and insurance industries.
Seeking a warmer climate, Sean relocated from Michigan to the Tampa Bay Area in the spring of 1998 and continued his career in insurance and banking. In the fall of 2002, Sean entered law school at 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 and participate in the school’s Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Law Review programs and having one of his articles selected for publication. In 2004, Sean was elected to the position of Articles Editor of the school’s Law Review; and 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 where he prosecuted thousands of cases and gained valuable trial experience representing the State of Florida in 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 as a prosecutor 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 Intoxilizer 5000 and 8000 breath test machines. 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 prosecution to practice civil litigation. Then, in 2011, after immersing himself in the practice of civil law for two years Sean decided that he could best serve the Tampa Bay community by opening his own law practice.
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. Sean believes that a client should be able to speak about the legal issue at hand with his or her attorney, as opposed to a paralegal or case manager.
At Donovan & Melendez we are dedicated to providing personalized top-quality legal representation no matter how large or small your legal matter.