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Michael Alan Shorstein

Adoption Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

5.0   10 reviews
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  • Licensed for 38 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1986
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Michael A. Shorstein is a partner at Shorstein & Kelly, P.A. and is a Board Certified Adoption Attorney.  He exclusively practices in the area of adoption law. Mr. Shorstein has participated in the placement of over 2,500 children in loving homes. 


As a member of the prestigious American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and The Florida Adoption Council, he has been active in interstate compact adoptions and has a comprehensive knowledge of adoption law. He works closely with adoption agencies to provide a full range of services to birth parents and adoptive families. He also works directly with families in all types of adoptions, including stepparent, grandparent, relative and adult adoptions.


Mr. Shorstein offers a supportive network to birth mothers and can provide counseling, free medical and living expenses, and transportation. Birth mothers can personally select and meet their adoptive families, as well as receive future pictures and updates about the child. His professional and confidential services are enhanced by a qualified staff of women advisors who have vast experience with birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees.


Mr. Shorstein contributes both time and resources to many adoption-related and community projects. As a nationally recognized adoption expert, he has appeared on local and national television on the subject of adoption.



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Shorstein & Kelly, P.A.
3821 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL, 32207
Shorstein & Kelly, P.A.
210 S. Beach Street Suite 202
Daytona Beach, FL, 32114
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Posted by margarietta | May 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Shorstein went above and beyond
Mr. Michael went above and beyond. I had sent a email to Mr Shorstein on a Sunday morning, within 20 minutes he responded to my email. After a couple exchanged emailed he made me feel a lot better about the adoption process. Michael explain the process to my husband and I. We felt as ease and great confidence knowing that everything was going to be ok.
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Posted by Sheldon | March 10, 2021
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Extensive Knowledge of the Adoption Process
Michael Shorstein has been our attorney through two adoptions. His knowledge of adoption law and the adoption process gave us a lot of confidence and certainty that our adoptions would be finalized. He remained calm and patient when we were worried and gave us sound advice. Adoptions can be difficult to navigate and having a knowledgeable attorney proved to be so important in both of our adoptions. Michael Shorstein is a trusted advisor with a great passion for adoption.
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Posted by Brigitte | August 30, 2016
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Very professional and personable
I called Shortein and Kelly after my water broke and was in the hospital feeling very uneasy and worried about the future of my child. The next day they had there Physcologist at the hospital to talk to me and my options and plans. The next day Michael came and was very caring. By the time he left I felt completely at ease and my fear was gone. He came again with gifts a few days later. That night I delivered and by the time of my discharge he had the perfect family for my daughter. They flew out the next day. Within a week this all happened. He was amazing.
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Posted by Robert | January 20, 2021
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Great Consultation
I consulted with Michael Shorstein about a family law matter. Although he ultimately informed me he would not be able to represent me, he was kind enough to provide guidance and assistance at no charge.
Posted by karie mai | April 21, 2014
Angels do exist !
My name is Karie and i have three beautiful children , i love my kids they are my world my soul my everything and as a parent i try my hardest to do whats best for them , so with that being said when i was pregnant with my fourth child knowing i couldn't financially take care of who we now call grayson , i found shorstein n kelly ... the thought of adoption killed me inside mentally and emotionally but then the thought of abortion killed me even more , this precious baby didn't ask to be brought into this world so i couldn't take him out the harsh way . so i met with mike tears and all and i told him i want to still be in graysons life and they made it happen every month i get updated pictures of grayson and how he's doing, also me and the adoptive parents text each other and have what we call phone dates so dont think for a second as soon as the adoption is complete your out of the picture because you're not what you are giving these soon to be parents are a gift and they will forever be thankful, for whoever reads this , i know its going to be hard mentally and emotionally shorstein n kelly provide counselling free of charge ,and the whole time i was pregnant i used that advantage and shawna ( the therapist) is the best of the best ,she helped me with all my troubles without her knowledge i wouldn't be where i am now and i'm highly grateful !. For those who are considering adoption shorstein n kelly is your answer they are angels and they make miracles happen !. michael and his whole team was placed on this earth for a reason and that reason is to help those in need, they are godsent in my eyes !. godspeed karie
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Posted by Caitlin | October 9, 2012
My Time with Michael
I decided to do adoption and immediately found Shorstein & Kelly. They were the best throughout thr whole process. Thanks to them I found the best parents to raise my son. I could not have had such a good experience and have life long relationships with both the attornies and adoptive family. They were the best and I would not be as happy as I am without them. Honestly, if I could do it all over again I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you Shorstein & Kelly for making everything work out and go smoothly.
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Posted by Ashley | December 13, 2009
My Thoughts.....
Micheal Shorstien is an amazing attorney. He helped me with placing my beautiful daughter for adoption. Knowing that it is a very hard but wonderful decsion, micheal made me aware of everything i need to know about adoption and making me feel comfortable about the decsion. He is someone i could surely trust. Micheal keeped me very informed about adoption and the process of adoption. I would deffenitly recommend micheal as the "go to guy" with plaing your child for adoption.
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Posted by William B Smolios | August 16, 2009
The best adoption attorney
Mr. Shorstein helped us with the deserve to adopt a child. The process was an amazing experience from meeting the birth mother to the final hearing with the judge, Mr Shorstein was at are side the whole time
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2009
World's Greatest Adoption Atty.
michael shorstein helped us through , truly, difficult time with the greatest of care and attention to every detail - the process would not have been the same without him leading the way - steve martel
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2009
Adoptive Parent
Michael Shorstein is an amazing person, personally and professionally. My husband and I feel fortunate that we were able to meet with Michael and his team when we were pursuing our options for beginning a family. Our introduction to Michael Shorstein evolved from our desire to learn about adopting a child when we faced challenges of starting a family via fertility treatments and numerous disappointments. We spoke with four other attorneys at that time vis a vis our search of someone we felt was honest, understood our trepidations, while finding a situation that worked well for our family. Not only did Michael Shorstein exhibit all the non-negotiable qualities we were seeking, there was something comfortable and welcoming about Michael. It “just felt right.” We also believe he appreciated our financial parameters, in addition to other wishes, as we explored the adoptive process. Although my husband and I spent excessive time researching the adoption process, Michael Shorstein provided us with the real life information that we quickly learned was not available via research material. Michael is knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. He also is extremely dedicated to the success of all parties invested in the adoptive relationship. He provides continuous guidance throughout the process of a life altering experience for both the individual making a decision to place their unborn child for adoption and for a couple who is desperately seeking a newborn. My husband and I feel fortunate to have remained in touch with Michael for almost seven years after the adoption of our son was finalized. We value his friendship and we will always value the gift he placed in our arms WITHOUT ONE bump in the road. When people approach me when they are considering adoption, I always rave about the most amazing experience in my life, the person who made it happen (i.e. Michael Shorstein), and of course, our son, who my husband and I helped enter the world at 4:00 am on the day he was born.
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Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2009 - 2009


  • Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • 1980


  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2003 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Adoption Law Certification Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Florida Bar, Adoption Law Certification Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Florida Adoption Council
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Adoption Attorney
  • Florida Bar
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Board Certified - Adoption Attorney
  • Florida Bar
  • 2018
  • Angel in Adoption
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges
  • Major Components of Private Party Adoption
  • 2014
  • Florida Adoption Council
  • Florida Adoption Best Practices
  • 2014
  • Family Law Society
  • Best Practices for Adoption Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Family Law Clinic
  • Florida Adoption Practice
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Shorstein is one of the finest if not the finest adoption attorney in Florida. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Adoption Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Michael on adoption matters for over 15 years, including contested matters and adoption legislation. He is extremely knowledgeable and a very well respected member of the adoption legal community."
Adoption Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a wonderful lawyer and a member of the prestigious American Acadamy of Adoption Attorneys. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Adoption Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Micahel Shorstein is a leader in the adoption community and has a vast and impressive wealth of experience in this field. He can be entrusted with difficult adoption matters, including interstate, intrastate, relative and step-parent."