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Frank Doti

Professor, William P. Foley II Chair in Corporate Law and Taxation
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: Tax Law; Contracts
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 429
Phone: (714) 628-2511
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University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Science
IIT/Chicago-Kent College Of Law, Juris Doctor


Professor Frank J. Doti is a cum laude 1969 graduate of IIT- Chicago-Kent College of Law and 1966 graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. He is a member of the lawyer bars of the states of California, Illinois and Colorado and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Professor Doti is certified by the California State Bar as a Tax Law Specialist under the certification of law specialists program.

He was an associate attorney for five years at McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago, the largest U.S. tax law firm in the nation. He served as vice president and tax law counsel for seven years at the Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago.

He has excelled as a professor of law, legal scholar and attorney at law. Currently he is a professor of law at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law in Orange, California. He proudly holds the William P. Foley, II Chair in Corporate & Taxation Law.

Doti teaches contract law, federal income taxation, and estate and gift tax law. The fourth edition of his Contract Law Flowcharts and Cases book was published by West Academics in 2016 and is used by students, professors and lawyers worldwide. Chapman students selected Doti as Professor of the Year in 2012. As such, he was the first recipient of the Katherine Darmer Teaching Excellence Award.

Frank also has numerous law review articles published on various taxation law issues. He was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court brief in Murphy v. U.S. He has served as an articles editor of the American Bar Association Tax Lawyer.

Doti founded the first pro-bono taxation law clinic in California. Chapman’s is one the first to garner IRS funding and has been awarded more than $2 million since inception. He founded Chapman’s JD Tax Law Emphasis program, the very first emphasis program at Chapman.  

Frank is the founder and a board consultant of the Orange County Legal Education Foundation. The Foundation has granted over $2 million in scholarships to deserving law students in southern California since 1987.

He and his wife of Margaret have been married since 1973 and have three children and a grandson.

Courses Taught: Contracts, Estate and Gift Taxation, and Federal Income Tax.

List of Scholarly Publications

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Chapman Law Review, Vol. 22, Issue 1 (Winter 2019), Withering Stare Decisis.
Contract Law Flowcharts and Cases: A Visual Guide to Understanding Contracts, 4th Edition, West Academics, 2016
Will Proposition 30 Ever Be Challenged?, Orange County Lawyer, March 2015
Federal Income Tax Law Sum & Substance CD & Outline Outstanding Professor Series, West Academic, June 2014
Contracts Law Flowcharts and Cases, Thomson Rueters, 3rd Edition, 2012
Federal Estate and Gift Tax Law CD Series 2011