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Gary Andrew Costales

Employment and labor Attorney at Miami, FL

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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1992
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BOARD CERTIFIED LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAWYER AND FORMER EEOC TRIAL ATTORNEY AND ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGE. A TINY PERCENTAGE (LESS THAN .001%) OF FLORIDA ATTORNEYS ARE CERTIFIED BY THE FLORIDA BAR AS EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW.

Employment is an ever-changing area of law that demands a specialist rather than a lawyer who dabbles in the area. I am board certified in Labor and Employment law. Of the more than 100,000 lawyers licensed in the State of Florida, less than 170, (>.001%) are board certified by the Florida Bar in Labor and Employment law.  In addition, having a lawyer who understands both sides is indispensable to success. There are only a handful of lawyers in the tri-County area who are board certified that represent both management and deserving plaintiffs. 

 

I enjoy helping people and companies achieve their goals. There are a few keys to success.

 

Communication and accessibility are crucial to achieving a goal. I try to be accessible at all times. I’ve answered client calls during holidays, while on vacation and even in the wee hours if necessary.

 

Litigation is stressful. My office strives to avoid the stress of litigation.

 

Years of litigation and life experience have helped me become an more effective lawyer. I am a native New Yorker who moved to Miami Beach at the start of high school. My experience as a litigator and as one who held a variety of jobs before law school helps to better frame arguments that will resonate with a judge, jury or an opposing party.

 

I graduated from the Cumberland School of Law, established in 1847, law school to two Supreme Court justices, past Presidents of the Florida Bar and various other state and federal judges and legislators.

 

My desire to handle civil rights cases led me to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) based in Memphis, Tennessee, where I was an Administrative Judge and later an EEOC Trial Attorney. I litigated or adjudicated cases throughout the United States during my time at the EEOC. I returned to Miami and worked at a law firm that represents exclusively management before opening my own practice about 20 years ago.

 

I represent both deserving plaintiffs and management in my practice. I have won jury trials throughout the State. Being an advocate for both sides hones one’s skills and avoids the “tunnel vision” that can be detrimental at trial. My litigation experience and solid client relationships have led me to other areas of the law on occasion. For instance, I have successfully handled bid protests and other matters pertaining to procurement.

 

I have handled a variety of commercial and noncompete matters and have filed several qui tam actions. These have all come about as the result of good client relations.

 

My recent community involvement includes serving as Chair and co-Chair (respectively) for the City of South Miami’s Historical Preservation and Community Relations boards. I enjoy all the benefits that come with living in South Florida, including being on the water.

Location

Law Offices of Gary A. Costales, PA
1533 Sunset Drive
Suite 150
Miami, FL, 33143

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Posted by Lourdes | May 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and person
Gary was extremely supportive during a very difficult time. He has a very good knowledge of employment law and is very zealous in his representation. He truly looks out for his clients bests interests and provides excellent legal advise. He is always prompt to return phone calls regardless of the time and is always willing to answer your questions, I give him the highest recommendation.
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Posted by Charles | August 13, 2012
Charles
Mr. Costales is extremely knowledgeable in employment law. His experience with the EEOC and as an Administrative Law Judge give him a respected pedigree. He was always responsive and kept me informed during the progression of the case. He was available to me in person and via telephone. Highly respected and worked with me on a payment schedule. I would certainly recommend.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Education

  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Florida International University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Associations

  • American Bar Association
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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
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  • 2017
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  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
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  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
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  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Florida Bar
  • Perceived Disability
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
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Appeals Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gary is a hard working attorney who obtains excellent results. He has superior knowledge in the area of labor and employment law for either plaintiffs or defendants. He is a highly skilled advocate in court or during negotiations."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having litigated against Gary and knowing his reputation in the area of employment law, I can say that he is an excellent attorney and I would highly recommend him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Gary is one of the most capable and knowledgeable employment attorneys around."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Miami Employment and labor Lawyer Gary Andrew Costales
Gary Andrew Costales
Employment and labor Attorney
Miami, FL
Licensed for 31 years
Virtual consultation available