Donald “DJ” Doody, shareholder at the law firm Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, was named Municipal Attorney of the Year as he received the Paul S. Buchman Award at the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association's (FMAA) recent seminar. Named in honor of Paul Buchman, who served Plant City as its city attorney for 42 years, the award recognizes Mr. Doody’s significant contributions to the practice of municipal law.

 “The City of Oakland Park is proud to have maintained a long and productive working relationship with Mr. Doody. The importance of his role cannot be overstated. He provides sound legal advice, support and direction to our City Commission and City staff to help everyone perform their official City duties with an unparalleled level of transparency, ethics and integrity,” said Oakland Park Mayor Tim Lonergan. “As our city government has evolved to accelerate Oakland Park’s growth and redevelopment, Mr. Doody’s counsel in reviewing contracts, drafting ordinances, land-use matters, and navigating legal issues has been instrumental to the significant improvements taking place throughout our community. We congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.”

 Doody presently serves as the City Attorney for the City of Oakland Park, the Town Attorney for the Town of Hillsboro Beach, and the Village Attorney for the Villages of Sea Ranch Lakes and Lazy Lakes.  In addition to the traditional responsibilities of a city attorney – such as drafting legislation and advising both elected officials and staff members – Doody has played a pivotal role in beach renourishment projects, complex construction projects, and real estate transactions involving the acquisition of large tracts of property associated with redevelopment efforts within the individual municipalities.

Doody received his undergraduate degree at The Citadel. He earned a Masters of Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and received his law degree from Northern Illinois University. He is admitted to practice in both Florida and Illinois. Doody is a past-president of the FMAA and currently serves on the Executive Board and Steering Committee.