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Prior to graduating as valedictorian from law school, Michael had a career as a wealth manager and investment specialist with a nationally known brokerage firm.  Michael has limited his practice of law to solely Marital and Family law since his admission to the Florida Bar.  


As a divorced father of two small children, Michael knows how emotionally devastating a divorce can be on the parents and especially the children.  Therefore, his goal as an attorney is to minimize the impact a divorce has on a family by resolving disputes in a creative and amicable way, when possible, in order to maintain the necessary post-divorce relationship to the extent necessary to protect the children.  However, when alternative dispute resolutions methods are unsuccessful, Michael is an aggressive and formidable trial lawyer, prepared to go the distance for his clients.  


Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida in 1996.  He received his Juris Doctor from Florida A&M University College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  

Michael is a member of the Florida Bar, Family Law Section, the Orange County Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, and the Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court.  On a personal level, Michael is actively involved with the graduate chapter of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and volunteers extensively in our community


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
    7 years, 180 cases
  2. Family: 20%
    7 years, 60 cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 15%
    7 years, 45 cases
  4. Prenuptials: 5%
    7 years, 15 cases



Hourly ($25-275/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Michael J. Cortes, P.A.

115 Maitland Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL, 32701


FLMember in Good Standing200906/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale Hubell2015
ValedictorianFlorida A&M University, College of Law2009
Scholarship RecipientHolland & Knight, LLP2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMichael J. Cortes, P.A.2013 - Present
AttorneyWest, Green & Associates, P.L.2009 - 2013
PrincipalCharles Schwab & Co.1997 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Family Law Group of Central FloridaMember2015 - Present
Remington CollegeAdvisory Board2014 - Present
Seminole County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Florida BarMember2009 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Solo Practitioner/Small Firm SectionMember2009 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Hispanic Bar Association of Central FloridaMember2009 - Present
Central Florida Family Law American Inn of CourtAssociate Member2007 - Present
Phi Gamma Delta Graduate ChapterSecretary1996 - Present
Hammock Reserve HOAPresident2013 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Seminole County 1My client received alimony and full payments of his attorneys' fees and costs
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida A & M University Law ReviewVarious2009
Oxford SymposiumBank Frauds and Tracking the Assets of Involvents2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of LawCollaborative LawCertificate2014
Florida A&M University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of Central FloridaMarketingBS - Bachelor of Science1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tuscawilla Home Owner's Assoc.Estate Planning for your Family2016
Teach InEducation and the Practice of Law2014
Regular Guest Speaker for Family Law ClassesFamily Law2011