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Javier Andres Amador Centonzio

Military law Attorney at Largo, FL

5.0   5 reviews

About Javier

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I decided to become a lawyer in honor of my friend, Sgt. Jessie Davila, who was killed in action while we were deployed to Iraq. My initial focus in the law was to help other Veterans navigate the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability system as a Veterans lawyer. However, I discovered that many of the Veterans I was helping obtain VA disability benefits also needed help with estate planning and elder law concerns. This realization led me back to law school, where I earned my Masters in Law (LL.M.) in Elder Law.

My journey in the legal profession started with internships at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Regional Counsel, and The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (TVC). During my time at TVC, I was very fortunate to work at the National Veterans Legal Services Program, where I contributed to their renowned Veterans Benefits Manual. Once I graduated from law school, I had the great honor of serving as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert N. Davis at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. These experiences gave me incredible insight into Veterans Law and made me a better Veterans Disability Lawyer.

I'm very fortunate to now lead a great team of VA disability lawyers at my law firm, Centonzio Law, PLLC. My firm also offers estate planning and probate representation. Still, our primary focus is helping Veterans and other claimants obtain the VA disability benefits they are entitled to receive. I'm proud of the work we do and the results we have achieved for our clients.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about what my law firm can do for Veterans or their surviving spouses. If you come across a Veteran (or claimant) who has been denied VA disability benefits or needs help to receive the proper disability rating from the VA, my team and I can help.

Licensed for 10 years
State KS
Status Authorized to practice law
Acquired 2022
Updated 11/08/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2019
Updated 06/08/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Javier

Centonzio Law, PLLC
8240 118th Avenue North, Suite 300
Largo, FL, 33773
Centonzio Law, PLLC
117 W 20th Street
Suite 201
Kansas City, MO, 64108
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Posted by Oswald | November 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When all hope is gon
Attorney centenzio is an all out, do or die practitioner, he knows veteran law. Attorneys like him are definitely hard to obtain, he's definitely the best or one of the best attorneys for for veterans compensation. My particular case is definitely a case that hadn't been dealt with by veterans administration, and now that his firm has taken over I'm satisfied with his services, he definitely has a law team that is second to none.
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Posted by Veda | February 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate and Car Accident
I hired Javier to handle a probate I was dealing with and he diligently worked with the banks and lawyers to make the process less stressful and was willing to wait for us to sale the property before we paid our fee. As we were working with him on the issue, my husband and I was in a car accident and I had Javier take over that case. He also worked diligently to settle the case and was done in less than 6 months. I would highly recommend him to any one that needs a lawyer that works on your behalf and not the insurance companies.
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Posted by Debbie | July 19, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Invaluable in helping me through a difficult time.
Javier was invaluable in helping me through a difficult time. After my husband passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack at the age of 63, I was devastated. On top of everything, to learn that because we didn't have our wills completed I would need to probate his estate, I didn't know which way to turn. Javier walked me through the process and made it easy. He answered all my questions. Not only did I hire him to take care of my husband's probate, but I had him take care of all my estate planning needs as well. Because of Javier's knowledge of estate planning, and specifically with the various Florida statutes, he was able to complete all the necessary documents quickly and easily. Now I can rest assured that in the event something happens to me, my will and revocable trust will make things easier for my four children, and I know Javier will take care of anything that comes up.
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Posted by Steve | October 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Javier Andres Amador Centonzio
Mr. Centonzio provided us with legal advice that eased our worries, concerns and anxiety concerning an elder law issue. He was thorough and gave us sound advice in a timely manner. We now know what direction to take concerning our loved one.
Posted by Janice | March 21, 2015
ACQUIRING MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY
Voluminous paperwork required for processing Medicaid eligibility is overwhelming.Javier executed definitive lists of documents needed to apply for aid for my husband who has terminal brain cancer.He streamlined the process with easy to understand reasoning of what and why it was important to have financial paperwork in order and in a timely manner.He and his team personally assisted in contacting those institutions that I needed to return my calls when I was stretched to the limit with attending to my husbands personal care.Our family is grateful to have found a superb lawyer in our time of emotional upheaval.Countless time he answered repetitive questions I could not grasp regarding what it was I was to ask for from representatives or why it was necessary.He notified me of progress, and listened to my concerns,offering knowledgeable,constructive advice.Javier offers true compassion to our family situation yet lends that strong guidance and perseverance needed to deliver the Eligibility approval. Living wills,durable power of attorney,health surrogate,advanced directives and wills in general are also important to create.The majority of people shy away from planning for the aforementioned because those topics are depressing.Javier processed these documents efficiently which helped to take away the sting of pain associated with this necessary evil that I knew eventually our family would have to address.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 20%-30%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Centonzio Law, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Weylie Centonzio, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Of Counsel
  • Hill Law Group, Pa
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Bosley & Bratch
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Enlisted Infantryman
  • Army National Guard
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Locomotive Engineer
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Enlisted Infantryman
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1999 - 2003
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2014
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Park University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Associations

  • Bay Pines Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Marine Corps League
  • Life Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Military Affairs Committee
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Veterans Benefits Committee, Florida Bar Elder Law Section
  • Co-Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • National Organization of Veterans' Advocates
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2020
  • Veterans Claims Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Chairman's Award - Volunteer Attorney of the Year
  • The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Park Promising Young Professional Award
  • Park University
  • 2018
  • Walter Mann Award
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2012
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Publications

  • The Elder Law Advocate (Florida Bar)
  • Veterans Pension Planning: A new landscape
  • 2019
  • The Elder Law Advocate (Florida Bar)
  • Earned Through Service: Veterans burial benefits
  • 2018
  • The Elder Law Advocate (Florida Bar)
  • Nursing home care for Veterans
  • 2017
  • The Veterans Advocate
  • Common Effective Date Errors
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Essentials of Elder Law
  • Hot Topics in Veterans Benefit Planning
  • 2019
  • The Annual Exploitation Conference
  • 2018 VA Pension Rule Changes
  • 2018
  • Essential of Elder Law
  • VA Compensation Benefits
  • 2018
  • VA Compensation Fundamentals Webinar
  • Veterans Disability Compensation
  • 2017
  • Elder Law Annual Update
  • Advanced Topics in Veterans Benefits
  • 2017
  • Mid-Year Unprogram
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2016
  • Annual Conference, 1st Battalion 7th Marines Vietnam Association
  • Estate Planning and Veterans Benefits
  • 2016
  • Tricks of the Trade, Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, Mentoring Committee
  • Issue Spotting in Veterans Benefits Claims
  • 2015
  • Florida Bar, Elder Law Section, Veterans Benefits Committee
  • Incorporating VA disability appeals into an Elder Law Practice
  • 2015
  • Elder Law and Medicaid Planning: Everything You Need to Know
  • Obtaining Veterans Benefits
  • 2015
  • Stetson University College of Law, Student Veterans Organization
  • Career Opportunities in Veterans Law
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Elder law Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having worked with Mr. Centonzio on numerous occasions over the past 5 years, I can safely say that he is the lawyer I would hire if I needed help. Whatever your legal problem is, Mr. Centonzio will make it his mission to solve it as soon as possible. He consults & counsels his clients on all of the options, every step of the way. Further, he is not afraid to fight for his clients' interests -- as evidenced by his decorated military service in the United States Marine Corps, and by his unwavering commitment to helping fellow veterans receive their earned VA benefits. In short, you can rest assured if you entrust your legal issue to Mr. Centonzio. There is no better attorney for the job."
Military law Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Whenever someone comes to me for help with a veterans issue, or I have a question regarding the same, I always consult Mr. Centonzio. As a veteran himself, he is truly invested in and passionately represents all of his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Javier. He is a dedicated attorney who works tirelessly for his clients."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Javier as both a friend and a fellow attorney. He is an attorney who listens to the issues, focuses on the problem, and helps to provide solutions. He is trustworthy and dependable. I highly recommend Javier for anyone who needs help with estate planning, probate, veterans benefits, or any of the related areas of law."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Friend
"Javier is a valued friend and the one I call when I have questions about veterans law. I trust Javier and his competency enough to rely on his advice regarding my own father and his aging issues. I have known Javier since we attended law school together in 2011. His passion for people caught my attention and his dedication and zealous advocacy sets him apart. His service to our country continues as he applies the same loyalty, duty, and selfless service principles when representing clients. I am honored to be a part of the legal profession because of patriots like Javier Centonzio."
Elder law Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Javier Centonzio is not only skilled in his area of law, but truly cares about his clients and generally, all people around him. I have known Javier for over 5 years and cannot think of one negative thing about him professionally or personally. There is no doubt in my mind regarding his capabilities as a lawyer. He is passionate about his work and is a leader in the community. I endorse him 100%."
Military law Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Javier has a great depth of knowledge concerning Veterans' Benefits, and is a great resource to me for information. I appreciate his professionalism and dedication in his service to Veterans and their families."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Javier is an excellent attorney, who is extremely compassionate in serving the needs of his clients. I would not hesitate to refer my friends and family members."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Javier and not only admire his work ethic and dedication to his clients but also his ability to formulate creative solutions for his clients. I would recommend Javier and would refer my friends and family members to him."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Javier is an outstanding attorney. He is particularly skilled in elder law and VA planning. I would not hesitate to recommend him."
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