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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Recognition Award||Maryland Super Lawyers||2020|
|30 Year Anniversary||Martindale-Hubbell®||2020|
|America's Most Honored Lawyers||The American Registry||2020|
|Owner||Law Office of Michael A. Mastracci||2000 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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 President||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|
|The Child Access Center (Baltimore County, Maryland)||Founder and Director||1998 - 2000|
|Saint Gabriel's Press||Stop Fighting Over the Kids: Resolving Day-to-Day Custody Conflict in Divorce Situations||2009|
|University of Baltimore School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)||BS - Bachelor of Science||1986|
|SHIFT: Self-help In Family Transitions||Divorce and Child Custody workshops||2014|
|Melissa Rodriguez et. al. vs State of Maryland et. al.||Trial verdict of 18,500,000.00|
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