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Michael Mastracci

Criminal defense Attorney at Baltimore, MD

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Mike Mastracci, "Mike The Lawyer"

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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    35%
    Mediation, Collaborative Law, Parenting Agreements, Litigation, Best Interest Attorney (Children's Counsel), Peace Orders, Protective Orders. Equal representation of men and women. Some flat fee arrangements depending on the circumstances.

    34 years, 300 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    35%
    District and Circuit Court representation. DUI and serious traffic cases, theft, assault, CDS (drugs) violation of protective orders, Domestic violence cases, bail reviews, violations of probation and almost all misdemeanors and many felony cases.

    34 years, 750 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Mediation, Collaborative Law, Parenting Agreements, Separation Agreements, Marital Property and Financial Settlement Agreements, Litigation. Equal representation of men and women. Some flat fee arrangements depending on the circumstances.

    34 years, 250 cases

THE RIGHT LAWYER CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE! THERE ARE TIMES TO NEGOTIATE, MEDIATE, COLLABORATE AND/OR LITIGATE. I HAVE DONE IT ALL FOR 30 YEARS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS PEOPLE ENCOUNTER IS NOT HAVING THE RIGHT LAWYER FOR THE TASK AT HAND. THERE IS MUCH MORE THAN KNOWING THE LAW TO GET RESULTS.

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I have been practicing law for more than 30 years. My father was a lawyer and my son is a lawyer. To say that the law is a part of me is an understatement. Whether in Family Law, DUI, serious traffic matters, drug cases or criminal situations in general, I have mostly represented good people during difficult times. I choose not to represent what some people, professional or otherwise, refer to as "scum bags." I am not interested in the rights of the guy who beats up and rapes someone's grandmother, sorry.

I truly enjoy helping people turn their lives around for the better. Notwithstanding my "scum bag" comment, I am non-judgmental when it comes to my clients and not too proud to refer clients to other attorneys when I may lack the experience in an area of law that I do not regulary handle.

Although the "good ole boy" system that my father navigated through in the 1960's - 1980's is all but gone, it still pays to know as many people in various positions as posible. Although anyone can have an occasional bad day, I am pretty sure that I am well-liked and respected as a person and as a lawyer and this helps immensely in the art of advocacy.

When it comes to separation, divorce and child custody cases ---- "Been there and done that, and some". Trust me, when I say, "I know how you feel" -- I mean it. I can help on many levels. No two cases are alike no matter how similar. Rumor has it that too many lawyers treat many emotionally charged cases like they are all the same. That is probably not what you need. I know how you feel.

One of my pet peeves: I do not like when people do not respond to phone calls or emails in a timley fashion. Lawyers unfortunately are notorious for not getting back to clients and it is one of the biggest client complaints. Because it is a pet peeve of mine I appreciate the importance of being available to my clients 24-7.

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Location

Law Offices of Michael A. Mastracci
614 Edmondson Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21228

Reviews

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Posted by Michelle | April 23, 2023
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Dwi
Mike is an amazing lawyer. My husband had a dwi and not his first his 4 th. He fought for him so he could to rehabilitation and not jail. He answered all my questions in a timely manner whenever I called him or sent him a message which I did very often so I do highly recommend him.
Posted by Stacey | March 21, 2023
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Smooth process
Mike helped me with a mutual divorce and in the past with a custody agreement and made every step of the way stress free. He knew exactly what I needed to do and how to handle every situation we faced. I can’t imagine not having him on my team.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2022
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Excellent Divorce Attorney with Superb Communication Skills
Mr. Mastracci was exactly what I needed in the craziest season of my life. He made my priorities his and fought for what was best for my children and myself taking into account every detail along the way. He was very accommodating and responsive even as things came up day to day through the long and arduous process of divorce and custody. In the end, our outcome was extremely favorable. I give Mike my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Melanie | February 10, 2021
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Mike gave us our life back
I had been yanked around by several litigation happy lawyers when I finally found Mike. He listened to me and respected me, and more importantly, he listened to and respected my kids. Because of Mike, my kids got to heal and grow up with healthy relationships demonstrated. Because of Mike, they will be excellent parents to their children. Because of Mike, they got a chance to learn what clear boundaries are and how to set them and maintain them. Because of Mike, my kids got to go back to being kids.
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2021
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Wonderful Attorney for Family Law
Mike helped me settle a very contentious and difficult custody agreement with empathy, fairness and with a focus on de-escalating contention. I would use him again and would also recommend him to anyone that needs help.
Posted by Sam | December 21, 2020
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Savior In A Tie
Mike has been my lawyer for approximately a year and a half and has done an excellent job in not only fighting for me, but also protecting my interests. I highly recommend Mike, as he is responsive, attentive and truly cares about his clients.
Posted by Judy | September 4, 2020
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Best Divorce Attorney
I hired Michael Mastracci to handle my divorce. As many know this is and can be a very difficult time . He not only was genuinely compassionate considering my roller coaster emotions , he listened and was very professional answering any questions and totally worked hard to make sure I received the best outcome . Which by the way , I did !! I would hire him again if I ever needed an attorney in his field.
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Posted by Karen | August 27, 2020
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Wonderful Attorney
Mike has always been helpful and resourceful along with being professional and caring. He has helped us in past and most recently he was able to refer us to someone who specializes in the area we needed. His quick response and connections to other attorneys was very helpful. We were able to get the issue resolved and it was a great experience! Highly recommend Mike!
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Posted by Michael | August 6, 2020
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Great Lawyer
I first met Mr Mastracci online. I was seperated and was looking for advice. Mr. Mastracci replied back to me and not knowing me or charging me a dime he gave me the advice I needed. After that we talked and I hired him as my lawyer. He helped clean up the mess I had caused by trying to represent myself. He walked me through this difficult time and explained everything to me in a language I could understand not all legal terms.He got me through the divorce and custody battles. He has also helped me through other legal stuff. He is honest and straight forward and thats what I love about him. Since we met he has always been a phone call away if I needed anything. If you are in a pinch this is your guy. I would give him more stars if I could.
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Posted by James | August 5, 2020
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Michael Mastracci Review
I hired Michael Mastracci to handle my divorce proceedings and he was extremely effective when going to Court to handle the intricacies of the legal system in Howard County. He was very familiar with the legal process to navigate through and developing a plan forward to counter every obstacle that came at him. He did a tremendous job and I would highly recommend him to everyone!
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Posted by Shawn | July 22, 2020
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Mike the attorney
Nobody expects to need a lawyer. But when I did, Mike Mastracci was there for me. Mike and his staff helped me navigate the issues, explaining the steps and protecting my rights while achieving favorable outcomes to my cases. When it comes to legal advise and representation I trust no other to protect my interests. Do yourself a favor speak with Mike, experience his personal touch, trust me you'll be glad you did. Thanks for being there over the years Mike!
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Posted by Franklin | July 14, 2020
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Goes beyond what is asked
Mr. Mastracci has represented me several times for both criminal and civil matters. He heads gone beyond what is asked of him several times. Most recently i asked him for advice on an expungement, and instead Mike sent me the form then filed it for me. This is typical of the care here gives each client.
Posted by Pamela | July 11, 2020
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Trustworthy
No one ever wants to be in a position of needing an attorney. I was fortunate enough to be referred to Mike when I found I needed someone to represent me in my divorce. Mike could not have been more helpful. I appreciated his candor. He was very knowledgeable about the legal process and incredibly insightful into and supportive of the emotional issues accompanying the dissolution of a marriage. Mike attempted to work with my soon-to-be ex's attorney collaboratively to facilitate the least painful divorce possible. The thing I appreciated the most about Mike was that he wasn't afraid to push back when he felt I was being unreasonable as a result of my anger and hurt. He helped me keep my focus on working toward the best outcome for my daughter. Since the divorce, Mike has helped answer a litany of legal questions for me. If he does not know an answer, he is always willing to refer me to someone of his own high standards. He’s an all around honorable man.
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Posted by Hira | July 1, 2020
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Best Decision
I retained Mike as an attorney for a child custody matter. His litigation/legal prowess is unparalleled. This was the most difficult time in my life and Mike did everything possible to put my worries/ anxieties to rest, by answering any questions I had and explaining all my options. In the end he kept my child's best interest in mind. He is someone that gives you the bottom line and I love that quality. I recommend him to all my friends and family.
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Posted by Henriette | June 30, 2020
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Great personality
I'm currently in the very beginning stages of an undesired separation/divorce and child custody "battle". Mike has been very helpful and insightful thus far. He seems to be very down to earth and approachable which I appreciate! Even though I'm in a very uncomfortable situation, I feel a bit more at ease knowing I can go to Mike for counsel and mediation assistance!
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Posted by Amanda | June 8, 2020
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Motivated, hard-working, best ever!
I went through an array of attorneys during my divorce and custody case before finding Mike Mastracci. I wish I had found him at the beginning. He works really hard and never stops fighting for what I want. Even though my case was a tough one, he stuck it out with me and didn't give up on me like the others did... which ultimately cost me so much time and thousands of dollars. Mike Mastracci is in it for the cause, hes in it for me and my daughter, this is not just his job, his paycheck; its his heart and soul and all his awesome knowledge in one package. He really gives it all he's got from his own personal and professional experiences to fight with you and for you. Having Mike Mastracci as my attorney, Ive really felt like Ive got someone on my side whos got my back and who knows the law and what our next move is, rather than feeling like Im just another client who might get a return call "one day" and I hope my case works out. Having that feeling of security is priceless. Thank you Mr. Mastracci!!
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Posted by Melanie | June 8, 2020
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Thorough, compassionate, and trustworthy.
Mike Mastracci's matter-of-fact yet compassionate approach was reassuring during a frightening time. His calm and steady demeanor while interacting with both me and my kids, as well as the other party and their attorneys, prevented further escalation of many already heated scenarios. He walked me through each step of the process with patience and clarity, answered all of my (MANY) questions, and showed (and years later, continues to show) genuine interest in the success and well being of our family. Mike's calm and steady demeanor combined with his distaste for litigious happy attorneys are two of the many reasons I trusted Mike then, and still do today.
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Posted by Deborah | June 7, 2020
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Excellent Family Lawyer who puts kids first
I hired Mike back in 2013 to handle my divorce, after my therapist recommended him as a lawyer that would, put my son first. I wanted to ensure that the process was painless and not scary for my son, as much as humanly possible. Mike came highly recommended as the lawyer that really focused on the children’s needs and best interest. So, we went through the process, as hard as my ex-husband made it, Mike showed me that being patient, compassionate and realistic were tools that allowed me to put my feelings aside and focus on what the real goal was, my son’s happiness. It is a rarity to find someone that is so authentic, genuine and supportive in this industry. His book “Stop Fighting Over the Kids”, helped me manage my issues and frustrations much more easily. Where it felt like I was caving, Mike would remind me of the big picture. To date, my son is happy and healthy, he still struggles with issues with his father, but they are his issues and not the drama of his parent’s divorce. I appreciate all of the hours, feedback, brainstorming, listening, being so flexible and understanding of my situation. He gave me a fresh start and now I am happily re-married and we just had another little boy. - Debbie – Baltimore, MD
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Michael A. Mastracci
  • 2000 - Present

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Melissa Rodriguez et. al. vs State of Maryland et. al.
  • Trial verdict of 18,500,000.00

Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Past Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Past Member
  • N/A
  • Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Past Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland Collaborative Law Association
  • Past Member
  • N/A
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Past Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland Collaborative Practice Council
  • Past Member
  • N/A
  • Baltimore County Bar Association - Bench - Bar Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Commission on Child Custody Decision Making - Maryland COurt Process Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Maryland Collaborative Law Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2010
  • The Child Access Center (Baltimore County, Maryland)
  • Founder and Director
  • 1998 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 30 Year Anniversary
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • America's Most Honored Lawyers
  • The American Registry
  • 2020
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work on matters with Mr. Mastracci over the past several years. I have found him to be a passionate advocate for his clients, while being collegial. Excellent choice for family law matters."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is dutiful with his clients, respected all over the field of law, a kind-hearted person, but a zealous and intelligent advocate for his clients in the courtroom. I proudly endorse Mike. Family law is a lot of tough conversations and hard arguments and Mike finds a way for his clients through it all."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is a great lawyer and an invaluable friend to his clients! His approach is personable and charming, but he isn't afraid to mix it up if necessary. I very highly recommend his services!"
Family Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Mike Mastracci since I was in high school. He has an excellent reputation as a good person and as an excellent attorney. We have referred each other cases when there have been conflicts in schedule and the like. If I need to have Mike handle a case for me I do not have to give it a second thought as he knows what he is doing. He is knowledgeable, compassionate and tenacious."
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation