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 recently 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 $1.5 million in scholarships to deserving law students in southern California since 1987.
He and his wife of Margaret have been married over 40 years and have three children, Matthew, Emily and Jillian.
Courses Taught: Contracts, Estate and Gift Taxation, and Federal Income Tax.