407 South Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 422-8769

Cerio Law Offices

Donald C. Doerr, Esq.

Don has been a prominent attorney in Central New York for close to 30 years. He concentrates in civil litigation and municipal and land use law but has a broad general practice in many areas of the law from small business and corporate law to wills and estate planning and probate and administration of estates. He currently serves as the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) attorney and Town Prosecutor for several Towns in Onondaga County. He was previously of Counsel at POMCO, (now United Healthcare), one of the nation’s largest third-party administrators of Health and Welfare Benefit Plans. He also served on the Board and was the Compliance Officer at Health Insurance Company of America (HICA), a Syracuse domiciled Insurance Company. He received his undergraduate (1985) and Juris doctorate (1988) degrees with honors from Syracuse University and served as a Confidential Law Clerk to the Justices of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division in Rochester from 1988 to 1990. After serving as an Associate in the Litigation Department of a New York City law firm he moved back to Syracuse and was a founding Partner at the Syracuse Law Firm of McDermott, Doerr & Britt, P.C. from 1991 through 2004. From 2004 to 2006 he served as an Assistant Vice President at Syracuse University where he oversaw the Office of Alumni Relations and its over 230,000 alumni.
Doerr has been very active in professional and civic organizations. He is the Past-President of the Onondaga County Bar Association, and is a past member of the House of Delegates and the Executive Committee of the 80,000-member New York State Bar Association, where he is currently the longstanding Chair of the Committee on Committees and an active member of several committees and sections. He was recently elected as a Director of the New York Bar Foundation (NYBF) where he is a “Life Fellow” and serves as the Chair of the Fellows of the 5th Judicial District. He is a frequent lecturer on numerous legal topics and served as the co-chair and chair of the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee of the Onondaga County Bar Association. In 2001 he was appointed by the Presiding Justice of the Fourth Department Appellate Division to serve on the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. Doerr has also sat and held officer positions at numerous not-for-profit organizations in the community. He currently sits on several boards in the community including the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, the Hendricks Chapel Board of Advisors at Syracuse University, and Pass da’ Rock (a local non-profit that works with inner-city youth). Don is the Past President of the Syracuse University National Alumni Association and a former member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees and the College of Law Board of Visitors.