I am a Sole Practitioner of New Horizons Law. I focus solely on family and marital law. I represent people from all occupations and lifestyles. However, I believe it is my background, which gave me a sense of tolerance, compassion, and empathy, that has made me a better person and attorney.
I was born and raised in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, New York. I had a fondness for airplanes as a child, and eventually studied aeronautics at Brooklyn Technical High School. I left Brooklyn a few days after I turned 18 to join the Air Force where I learned to repair radar equipment on jets, and then satellite communications equipment. In my twelve plus years with the Air Force, I had the pleasure to do some traveling, throughout the United States, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Greece; and meet some interesting people. I learned the culture of these people, and enjoyed the diversity, not only of the culture of the locality I was placed into, but the diversity offered in the military itself. I left the military in 1993 and moved to Broward County.
My career path remained in the technical area, as I have a very analytical mind. Avionics is aircraft electronics, and is what I did for many years. While working in the aircraft industry, I achieved one of my childhood dreams and learned to fly, soloing on my 35th birthday.
However, in 2000 I decided to study the law. I hung up my shingle in July of 2004 after graduating from Nova Southeastern University in 2003 and have been practicing Family Law since then. A few years later, I returned to Nova Southeastern University, not as a student, but as a teacher. I am an Adjunct Professor in the Children’s and Family Clinic. My practice has since developed. However, I am not a firm with many attorneys. I am a “Sole” Practitioner and I answer to only you, and you work solely with me.
I am proud to say I am a grandfather of seven, and have been married to my wife, Nancy, since 1999. We are a blended family, and I understand the difficulties one experiences when raising their own children and the children of a spouse.
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Michael is a very competent and knowledgeable Family Law attorney. He tries to settle cases in order to avoid the financial and emotional costs of a trial, but if trial is inevitable he is a zealous advocate seeking to obtain the best possible result for his clients. Michael is also calm in the midst of chaos and easy to work with. I highly endorse him.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2004||09/08/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Mission United Veterans Pro Bono||Legal Aid of Broward County||2014|
|Client's Choice Award||AVVO||2012|
|The Air Force Commendation Medal||United States Air Force||1992|
|Family Law Attorney||New Horizons Law, P.A.||2010 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Nova Southeastern University||2007 - Present|
|Family Law Attorney||Costantino & D'agostino, P.A.||2008 - 2010|
|Family Law Attoney||Law Office of Michael J. Costantino||2004 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida||Member||2009 - Present|
|Broward County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Family Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Anonymous v. Anonymous||The matter failed to settle at mediation and went to Trial before the General Magistrate. I was able to argue for and unequal distribution in the property granting the asset to my client as she wished.|
|Anonymous v. Anonymous||I was able to obtain an injunction lasting several years for the minor child.|
|Anonymous v. Anonymous||I prevailed and was able to get the Husband divorced without having to pay alimony.|
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|newhorizonslaw.com||Busted: Mistakes You Can Make on Social Media During a Divorce or Custody Battle||2015|
|newhorizonslaw.com||Establishment of Child Support in Florida||2015|
|newhorizonslaw.com||The Do’s and Do Not’s of a Divorce/Paternity Case||2015|
|Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|